Maurice Hooker proved his critic’s wrong again this past weekend, myself included, for the second time in succession he went into the opponent’s backyard, coming away victorious, this one his most impressive in his stoppage of Alex Saucedo.
Coming into the bout, the fact that Hooker was the champion bear no significance to my thinking, expectant of seeing the title change hands, even allowing myself to think ahead to a potential contest between Saucedo and the IBF champion Jose Ramirez both of whom are promoted by Top Rank but all that changed after the seventh round with Hooker commanding my new found respect for his accomplishment.
In the early rounds, the fight basically followed the script I had envisaged in my head of Saucedo dominating as he drew first blood by dropping the Dallas fighter hard in the second before following up with an assortment of damaging shots without the definitive ender as the round came to a close.
Hooker had taken the bait and was momentarily struggling on the line that Saucedo cast but the challenger couldn’t reel him in which would ultimately come back to bite him in the seventh.
“I thought in the early rounds, when Alex had him in trouble, how he didn’t go to the body I don’t understand. But he didn’t, and the other kid rallied and took him out, I don’t want to take anything away from Hooker, but Alex has only himself to blame.Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum on Saucedo’s inability to finish off Hooker in the 2nd
Slowly but surely the champion started to find his rhythm as the action continued at it’s frantic pace, entertaining the fans in the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma as the rounds ticked by, every move from the home fighter was cheered but would soon be brought to a deafening silence in the contests closer after Hooker continuously landed his right hand, one of which staggered Saucedo enough to have the ropes prop him up, resulting in a count from the referee
The punishment commenced shortly after the referee kickstarted the action with Hooker going in for the kill that left referee Mark Nelson with no option but to halt the contest with Saucedo unable to fend off the champions advances.
“I knew the first couple of rounds would be tough, but eventually it would be my time to take over, I have nothing but respect for Alex. He’s a warrior.”Maurice Hooker on his Opponent
Like the heading suggests, Mo led me into the trap of believing he would be relieved of his title, a trap I fell for Hook, Line and Sinker
Matchroom Supremo Eddie Hearn mentioned the possibility of a Dallas homecoming for Hooker with names suggested of Jorge Linares, Tommy Coyle and Chris Algieri all potentially in the firing line, all of which I wont presume to know the result beforehand, like the old saying goes “once bitten twice shy”.
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