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Maurice Hooker Scores Hugely Impressive TKO or Alex Saucedo (VIDEO)

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POSTFIGHT: Huge props to Maurice Hooker who knocks out Saucedo in Saucedo’s home town. At this point, you have to make Hooker one of the four best Fighters in the division (along with Jose Ramirez, Regis Prograis, and, maybe, Josh Taylor). Here’s how it ended.

After the fight, Hooker said he stuck to the game plan, and after he got hurt in Saucedo, meanwhile, said the cut over his left eye affected his vision.

The second round, he said he was a true champion and steadied himself. Hooker asked fellow junior welterweight belt-holder Jose Ramirez after the fight if Ramirez was holding on his title for him. Ramirez said he ‘ D equal to face Hooker in a unification bout.

Seventh round: Three-punch combo from Hooker about 15 seconds in. And then a huge combination, and Saucedo looks hurt. Huge rights by Hooker, but so far, Saucedo is standing up to it. And another! And Saucedo is in massive trouble. Now, SAUCEDO IS DOWN . Well, not down, really, He fell against the ropes, and the ref called it a knockdown. But he’s done. AND THE REF STOPS IT. TKO 7 FOR HOOKER.

Sixth round: Hooker starts the round by keeping him at range. Big right by Hooker. Saucedo staggers for the briefest of seconds. When Hooker uses his jab effectively, Saucedo struggles to do anything offensively. This was one of Hooker’s best rounds of the fight. And now it looks like Saucedo is bleeding. And that’s about the third time this fight that Hooker has landed punches after the round ends. Forbes scores it for Hooker.

Overall: Saucedo 57-56

Fifth round: Saucedo lands a couple of nice shots to the body, and now he’s caught Hooker against the ropes. He tags Hooker again with a right hand that made Hooker take a step back. Hooker does so well when he keeps Saucedo at about mid-range where he can pot-shot him. When Saucedo gets real close, he has success vs. Hooker. Hooker also is not throwing many punches. I wonder if he’s taking the round off or just trying to make Saucedo tire himself out. And Hooker takes almost Saucedo’s head off with about 5 seconds left in the round. Forbes scores it for Saucedo.

Overall: Saucedo 48-46

Fourth round: In the first 30 seconds, Hooker has landed two nice hands. Another huge right 15 seconds later for Hooker. He keeps getting hit with that, and Saucedo is going to be in trouble. Hooker is just a little bit faster than Saucedo, and Hooker is making him pay. Forbes scores it for Hooker.

Overall: Saucedo 38-37

Third round: Both guys are throwing their straight rights with abandon. It’s going to land really hard for somebody soon and probably put somebody down. Nice 1-2 combo by Hooker with about 1:15 left. Better round for Hooker here. He’s slowly getting himself back in the fight. Forbes scores it for Hooker.

Overall: Saucedo 29-27

Second round: Good Lord, Hooker threw more than 100 punches in the first round. Both continue to land right hands. Oh, Saucedo PUTS HOOKER DOWN with another right hand. And Hooker is bleeding on his cheek. Maybe coming from his nose. Hooker looks a little shaky, and he’s stopped throwing punches. He’s in some trouble. Now, he’s throwing again. I think he’s weathered that early storm. But yes, Saucedo has power. Huge right hook from Saucedo, as he keeps catching Hooker on the ropes. Hooker lands a solid right, but Saucedo blasts him with about three more punches. Now, Hooker lands about seven unanswered punches. Good rally from Hooker in the last 30 seconds. Forbes scores it for Saucedo (with a 10-8 round).

Overall: Saucedo 20-17

First round: These two got a little pushy with each other at the weigh-in when Saucedo bumped into Hooker when the former wanted to flex for the cameras. We’ll probably see plenty of more of that aggression. Early on, Hooker lands a nice counter-right on Saucedo’s face. Nice jab landed by Saucedo, and 40 seconds in, they’re both throwing combinations. The crowd is chanting ” OKC ” in support of Sauced, who is landing jabs. But Hooker is doing an OK job of avoiding the second punch of Saucedo’s combinations. Hooker, meanwhile, is landing lead right hands. Nothing has hurt anyone yet, but they’re both landing nice shots. Close round. Forbes scores it for Saucedo.

Overall: Saucedo 10-9

Hooker Ringwalk: Hooker is bopping his head to his ringwalk music and dancing to the ring, like he does not have a care in the world. He looks completely relaxed. For what it’s worth, there are plenty of top-notching boxing stars in attendance. Jose Ramirez is there. So are Terence Crawford and Errol Spence.

Saucedo ringwalk: He pumps his fist in the air as he enters the arena, and he keeps nodding his head like he knows something we do not. The crowd obviously loves him.

Hooker vs. Saucedo odds

This is close to a pick ’em fight, but Saucedo is still the slight favorite. According to Bovada Saucedo is -175, meaning you would have to bet $ 175 to win $ 100, while Hooker is +145, which means you would win $ 145 with a $ 100 wager.

Hooker vs. Saucedo Purses

Two years ago, Hooker fought Darley Perez to draw on the undercard of the first. Second Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev fight, and he made $ 75,000 to do so. On Friday, Hooker headlines an ESPN card, and he will make a career-high of $ 1.22 million.

Saucedo, meanwhile, will earn slightly more than $ 406,000 for his night of work. That’s also the biggest payday of his career.

The right to put on the fight was won by Top Rank in a purse bid or $ 1,625 million.

How to live stream Hooker vs. Saucedo on ESPN +

Though the main event is available on ESPN at midnight, the undercard can be watched on the network’s pay streaming platform ESPN +. You can download it on your mobile device and watch it there, or you can use Roku, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.

There’s a free one-week trial for ESPN +, but after that, it’ll cost you $ 4.99 per month. Included in Friday night’s undercard on the stream are Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. Roberto Arriaza for a regional welterweight belt, Cletus Seldin vs. Nelson Lara and Jonathan Guzman vs. Roberto Castaneda. Hooker vs. Saucedo will be shown on ESPN + and ESPN.


Five months ago, Maurice Hooker upset Terry Flanagan to win a junior welterweight title in Flanagan’s home country of England. On Friday night, Hooker will defend his belt vs. Alex Saucedo and again will have to win another bout on his opponent’s home peat.

Maurice Hooker, left, will fight Alex Saucedo for Hooker’s junior welterweight belt. Mikey Williams / Top Rank

This time, Hooker 24-0-3, 16 KOs) will appear on ESPN (and ESPN +) at midnight ET in a match from Oklahoma City as the hometown favorite Saucedo takes on the biggest challenge of his career. Saucedo is 28-0 with 18 KOs, but he’s never faced anybody as remotely as good as Hooker.

“I’m not going to let this opportunity go. I’m ready, “Saucedo said.” … I’m ready for anything Maurice brings that night. I’m going to take that belt from him. “

For what it’s worth, Hooker does not seem worried about Saucedo or the fact he’ll be fighting in front of plenty of Saucedo’s fans.

” l ‘ ll fight anywhere, “Hooker said.” Outside your house, in front of your house, in the ring, on the sidewalk. I do not care where I fight as long as I fight. I’m a fighter. I love to fight. I can outbox him. I can fight you on the inside. Come Friday, we’re going to see a good fight. “

Either way, Forbes will be here for the night, giving our round-by-round thoughts, explanations and unofficial scoring on the main event.

Until then, here’s more Forbes boxing coverage.

“> [19659048] POSTFIGHT: Huge props to Maurice Hooker who knocks out Saucedo in Saucedo’s home town. At this point, you have to make Hooker one of the four best fighters in the division (along with Jose Ramirez, Regis Prograis, and, maybe , Josh Taylor.) Here’s how it ended.

After the fight, Hooker said he stuck to the game plan, and after he got hurt in the second round, he said he was a true champion and steadied himself. Saucedo, meanwhile, said the cut over his left eye affected his vision.

Hooker asked fellow junior welterweight belt-holder Jose Ramirez after the fight if Ramirez was holding onto his title for him. Ramirez said he would like to face Hooker in a unification bout.

Seventh round: Three-punch combo from Hooker about 15 seconds in. And then a huge combination, and Saucedo looks hurt. Huge rights by Hooker, but so far, Saucedo is standing up to it. And another! And Saucedo is in massive trouble. Now, SAUCEDO IS DOWN . Well, not down, really, He fell against the ropes, and the ref called it a knockdown. But he’s done. AND THE REF STOPS IT. TKO 7 FOR HOOKER.

Sixth round: Hooker starts the round by keeping him at range. Big right by Hooker. Saucedo staggers for the briefest of seconds. When Hooker uses his jab effectively, Saucedo struggles to do anything offensively. This was one of Hooker’s best rounds of the fight. And now it looks like Saucedo is bleeding. And that’s about the third time this fight that Hooker has landed punches after the round ends. Forbes scores it for Hooker.

Overall: Saucedo 57-56

Fifth round: Saucedo lands a couple of nice shots to the body, and now he’s caught Hooker against the ropes. He tags Hooker again with a right hand that made Hooker take a step back. Hooker does so well when he keeps Saucedo at about mid-range where he can pot-shot him. When Saucedo gets real close, he has success vs. Hooker. Hooker also is not throwing many punches. I wonder if he’s taking the round off or just trying to make Saucedo tire himself out. And Hooker takes almost Saucedo’s head off with about 5 seconds left in the round. Forbes scores it for Saucedo.

Overall: Saucedo 48-46

Fourth round: In the first 30 seconds, Hooker has landed two nice hands. Another huge right 15 seconds later for Hooker. He keeps getting hit with that, and Saucedo is going to be in trouble. Hooker is just a little bit faster than Saucedo, and Hooker is making him pay. Forbes scores it for Hooker.

Overall: Saucedo 38-37

Third round: Both guys are throwing their straight rights with abandon. It’s going to land really hard for somebody soon and probably put somebody down. Nice 1-2 combo by Hooker with about 1:15 left. Better round for Hooker here. He’s slowly getting himself back in the fight. Forbes scores it for Hooker.

Overall: Saucedo 29-27

Second round: Good Lord, Hooker threw more than 100 punches in the first round. Both continue to land right hands. Oh, Saucedo PUTS HOOKER DOWN with another right hand. And Hooker is bleeding on his cheek. Maybe coming from his nose. Hooker looks a little shaky, and he’s stopped throwing punches. He’s in some trouble. Now, he’s throwing again. I think he’s weathered that early storm. But yes, Saucedo has power. Huge right hook from Saucedo, as he keeps catching Hooker on the ropes. Hooker lands a solid right, but Saucedo blasts him with about three more punches. Now, Hooker lands about seven unanswered punches. Good rally from Hooker in the last 30 seconds. Forbes scores it for Saucedo (with a 10-8 round).

Overall: Saucedo 20-17

First round: These two got a little pushy with each other at the weigh-in when Saucedo bumped into Hooker when the former wanted to flex for the cameras. We’ll probably see plenty of more of that aggression. Early on, Hooker lands a nice counter-right on Saucedo’s face. Nice jab landed by Saucedo, and 40 seconds in, they’re both throwing combinations. The crowd is chanting “OKC” in support of Sauced, who is landing jabs. But Hooker is doing an OK job of avoiding the second punch of Saucedo’s combinations. Hooker, meanwhile, is landing lead right hands. Nothing has hurt anyone yet, but they’re both landing nice shots. Close round. Forbes scores it for Saucedo.

Overall: Saucedo 10-9

Hooker Ringwalk: Hooker is bopping his head to his ringwalk music and dancing to the ring, like he does not have a care in the world. He looks completely relaxed. For what it’s worth, there are plenty of top-notching boxing stars in attendance. Jose Ramirez is there. So are Terence Crawford and Errol Spence.

Saucedo ringwalk: He pumps his fist in the air as he enters the arena, and he keeps nodding his head like he knows something we do not. The crowd obviously loves him.

Hooker vs. Saucedo odds

This is close to a pick ’em fight, but Saucedo is still the slight favorite. According to Bovada, Saucedo is -175, meaning you would have to bet $ 175 to win $ 100, while Hooker is +145, which means you would win $ 145 with a $ 100 wager.

Hooker vs. Saucedo Purses

Two years ago, Hooker fought Darley Perez to draw on the undercard of the first. Second Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev fight, and he made $ 75,000 to do so. On Friday, Hooker headlines an ESPN card, and he will make a career-high of $ 1.22 million.

Saucedo, meanwhile, will earn slightly more than $ 406,000 for his night of work. That’s also the biggest payday of his career.

The right to put on the fight was won by Top Rank in a purse bid or $ 1,625 million.

How to live stream Hooker vs. Saucedo on ESPN +

Though the main event is available on ESPN at midnight, the undercard can be watched on the network’s pay streaming platform, ESPN +. You can download it on your mobile device and watch it there, or you can use Roku, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.

There’s a free one-week trial for ESPN +, but after that, it’ll cost you $ 4.99 per month. Included in Friday night’s undercard on the stream are Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. Roberto Arriaza for a regional welterweight belt, Cletus Seldin vs. Nelson Lara and Jonathan Guzman vs. Roberto Castaneda. Hooker vs. Saucedo will be shown on ESPN + and ESPN.


Five months ago, Maurice Hooker upset Terry Flanagan to win a junior welterweight title in Flanagan’s home country of England. On Friday night, Hooker will defend his belt vs. Alex Saucedo and again will have to win another bout on his opponent’s home turf.

Maurice Hooker, left, will fight Alex Saucedo for Hooker’s junior welterweight belt. Mikey Williams / Top Rank

This time, Hooker 24-0-3, 16 KOs) will appear on ESPN (and ESPN +) at midnight ET in a match from Oklahoma City as the hometown favorite Saucedo takes on the biggest challenge of his career. Saucedo is 28-0 with 18 KOs, but he’s never faced anybody as remotely as good as Hooker.

“I’m not going to let this opportunity go. I’m ready, “Saucedo said.” … I’m ready for anything Maurice brings that night. I’m going to take that belt from him. “

For what it’s worth, Hooker does not seem worried about Saucedo or the fact he’ll be fighting in front of plenty of Saucedo’s fans.

” l ‘ ll fight anywhere, “Hooker said.” Outside your house, in front of your house, in the ring, on the sidewalk. I do not care where I fight as long as I fight. I’m a fighter. I love to fight. I can outbox him. I can fight you on the inside. Come Friday, we’re going to see a good fight. “

Either way, Forbes will be here for the night, giving our round-by-round thoughts, explanations and unofficial scoring on the main event.

Until then, here’s more Forbes boxing coverage.

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