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Maurice Hooker vs. Alex Saucedo Still on Pace For The Fall

By Steve Kim

It was a rough and physical fight for Alex Saucedo, who was able to stop Lenny Zappavigna, this past weekend in Oklahoma City in what was a triumphant homecoming bout that was televised nationally by ESPN.

With the victory, he is now in line now to face IBF 140-pound titlist, Maurice Hooker. But given the nature of this last bout will Saucedo be ready for this assignment by the fall?

''His only 'injury' is he got five stitches o his right eye. Is he a little sore? Of course but we're already full steam ahead when it comes to planning the fight with Maurice Hooker in either late October or early November. Which would've been the time frame it it would've been if it had been a first round KO, anyways," explained the V.P. of Boxing Operations for Top Rank, Carl Moretti, to BoxingScene.com.

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While Saucedo was cut and bloodied up, the damage he incurred paled in comparison to Zappavigna, who announced his retirement from the sport after this memorable slugfest.

"So Alex is going to take a couple of weeks off, he's headed to the ESPY's with a bunch of other Top Rank stablemates for the the night," continued Moretti.

"He'll take some time off and we spoke to Sam (Katvoski, who's part of the management group of Saucedo) and we spoke to (trainer) Abel (Sanchez) and everything is full steam already. He's got a lot of momentum, obviously."

On June 9th in Manchester, England, Hooker flew across the pond to defeat Terry Flanagan over 12 rounds to capture the vacant IBF belt.

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 07-03-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18910699]It doesn't even say Hooker isn't entering the tournament but you guys already have crybaby conspiracy theories. Plus Hooker ain't winning anyway. He lost to Darleys Perez.[/QUOTE] I look for all kinds of drama with Hearn involved.

Comment by Mammoth on 07-02-2018

It doesn't even say Hooker isn't entering the tournament but you guys already have crybaby conspiracy theories. Plus Hooker ain't winning anyway. He lost to Darleys Perez.

Comment by Sid-Knee on 07-02-2018

Hooker's a little *****, man. He said he'd enter the tournament. Who cares if he's stripped of the title? He'd be getting the chance to prove he's the best in the division. Plus, there is at least one world title…

Comment by Sosay on 07-02-2018

This is all Bob. Force the strip or enter the tourney. Hooker has a better shot going for the Two top rank punching bags, then winning the tourney

Comment by filup79 on 07-02-2018

[QUOTE=The Smash;18910468]Really disappointed in Hooker for going back on his word. He said he would be in the WBSS, fighting the best in the division. Instead, he's fighting an irrelevant club fighter. What is a man whose word doesn't mean…

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