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Hooker: 140 is a Tough Division, Terence Crawford is Top Dog

By Ryan Burton

Rising 140 pound prospect Maurice Hooker (21-0-2) will return to the ring for the third time this year when he faces Darleys Perez (33-2-1) at the T-Mobile Arena on the Sergey Kovalev versus Andre Ward pay-per-view undercard. 

Hooker's previous two fights his year were also on Ward undercards and both ended with first round knockouts.

While not promising a knockout, he did say that he doesn't plan on the fight going the full ten-round distance.

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"Keep an eye out on the fight. It might be an early night. I'm coming to fight and Darleys will be coming to fight. This could be his last chance so he's going to be coming with everything and this is my chance to show the world who I am," Hooker explained.

The 27-year-old Texan believes a win over the former interim champion will propel him to a big 2017.

Like many fans and insiders, Hooker feels that WBO/WBC super lightweight champion Terence Crawford is the division's kingpin but he believes that he is ready to become one of the best fighters in the weight class.

"To me I think Crawford is the best at 140. Everybody else, they are pretty good. I just think he's the best and at a different level. It's a tough division and I am happy to be there and hopefully I can fight one of those big names next," Hooker told BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Randall Cunning on 10-20-2016

Just seen Boxrec has Crawford fighting on December 10th, anyone know whats going on there?

Comment by Edward90 on 10-20-2016

[QUOTE=Bda31175;17136162]No disrespect to Hooker, he's coming up, but maybe Crawford isn't keeping more active at 140 because the division is exactly brimming with top level/ high reward competition right now.[/QUOTE] That's okay. Fight the next one up. Fight anyone in…

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 10-20-2016

Hooker got time, just wished Matthysse got better managers cuz I don't know who told him 147 was a good idea, 140 is his best weight and he could still do something there (albeit he's past his prime tho). Crawford…

Comment by r1onnie2 on 10-20-2016

[QUOTE=Bda31175;17136162]No disrespect to Hooker, he's coming up, but maybe Crawford isn't keeping more active at 140 because the division is exactly brimming with top level/ high reward competition right now.[/QUOTE] Plus I'm pretty sure its hard to get fighter to…

Comment by Bda31175 on 10-20-2016

[QUOTE=Edward90;17135939]If he continues to win, is he willing to eventually fight Crawford? Why the heck isn't Crawford more active? He beat Postol, now keep the fights coming! I just don't understand why these super talented fighters decide to only fight…

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