Fighter Of The Week: Maurice Hooker

Some fighters just thrive in the role of spoiler and underdog. The adversity and that underdog mentality just brings out the best in them. They simply thrive in the role of being the underdog and thrive on adversity. One such fighter is “Mighty Mo” Maurice Hooker, the Dallas Native has done it again, he went across the Red River went into enemy territory, got himself up off the canvas and knocked out the hometown fighter. For the second time in two months, Texas has shown in supremacy over Oklahoma first on the gridiron when The Longhorns topped the Sooners via a field goal at the gun and then won part two of the Red River Shoot-out as Hooker destroyed OKC native Alex Saucedo via thrilling seventh round TKO.  Making his first successful defense of his WBO Jr Welterweight title and picking up his first 3DBoxing Fighter Of The Week award.


Mighty Mo played the role of road dog to perfection yet again, after a competitive first round Hooker got dropped with a massive overhand right, picked himself up, got himself together and by the end of the stanza had Saucedo rocked and reeling. From the third round on Hooker took control of the fight with his jab and right hand. He nullified the usually effective jab of Saucedo forcing him to keep it in his pocket. Keeping the challenger at bay with jabs to his midsection and then punishing him with straight right hands to the head. Causing Saucedo’s face to become a bloody mess by the end of the night. Hooker should off his athleticism and head movement making his opponent miss him over and again when he was against the ropes. The end came quickly in the seventh as Mighty Mo caught his man with a straight right that buckled him and put him down officially. Moments later the end came violently as Hooker jumped on the wounded fighter with a barrage of right hands and left hook causing referee Mark Nelson to waive the bout off at 1:36 of the seventh round. 

Hooker has come along way since having to promote himself and make his own fights like he did when he first stepped in a professional prizefighting ring back in 2011.  He took on a veteran with a record of 7-1 by the name of Tyrone Chatman in his hometown of St Louis and after dominating the action had to settle for a draw. Fighting a veteran like Chatman in his hometown is not the normal pro debut. However, Hooker is not your normal fighter, he has thrived in this role and he keeps upsetting the apple cart just as he did back in June in Manchester where he pulled a massive upset in defeating the hometown hero Turbo Terry Flanagan and captured the WBO belt. He did again Friday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena and will look to do again in either Scottland against Josh Taylor or Regis Prograis in Lousiana, depending on who wins the WBSS tournament. However, Hooker now finds himself in an odd position, the catbird seat,  he can sit in and await the winner of the WBSS,  and in the meantime pick another opponent, promoter Eddie Hearn has given three possible names of Jorge Linares, Tommy Coyle or Chris Algeri and Hooker will be the  favorite in any of those matchups another odd position for Hooker to be in . He’s come a long way from having to travel out of town be used as an opponent for a hometown prospect. 


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