WBO super-lightweight champion Maurice Hooker defends title with seventh-round technical knockout of Alex Saucedo

Los Angeles: Maurice Hooker survived a knockdown on the way to a seventh-round technical knockout of previously unbeaten Alex Saucedo on Friday to retain his World Boxing Organization super-lightweight world title.

File image of Maurice Hooker. Reuters

File image of Maurice Hooker. Reuters

Saucedo, a Mexico-born American fighting in his adopted hometown of Oklahoma City, delighted his fans when he sent Hooker to the canvas with a heavy right hand in the second round. But Hooker found his rhythm and took charge in an aggressive seventh.

He was credited with a knockdown when he sent Saucedo reeling into the ropes and when the fight resumed after a standing eight-count Hooker pummeled the challenger until the referee jumped in to call a halt at 1:36 of the round.

Saucedo suffered his first defeat in 29 fights. Hooker improved to 25-0-3 with 17 knockouts as he made the first defense of the title he won on 9 June with a split decision victory over England's Terry Flanagan in Manchester.

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Updated Date: Nov 17, 2018 14:25:27 IST

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