The WBO junior welterweight champion and native of Dallas, Texas, Maurice Hooker, is in hostile territory. (photos by Mikey Williams).
The hometown kid, Alex Saucedo, is hoping to become only the second Oklahoma City product (following Sean O’Grady, who is also co-promoting this event) to taste world championship glory.
Saucedo and Hooker faced off at Wednesday’s press conference, a precursor to the in-ring hostilities that will occur Friday evening at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
Saucedo (28-0, 18 KOs) and Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs) sparred many rounds years ago in Dallas, but both acknowledged those sessions would have little bearing on Friday's outcome. They both promised an action fight, a fitting installment for this "border war."
Hooker-Saucedo will headline a special one-fight telecast on ESPN at midnight ET. In the co-feature, which headlines the ESPN+ stream (6:30 p.m ET), undefeated welterweight puncher Egidijus Kavaliauskas (20-0, 16 KOs) will fight Roberto Arriaza (17-0, 13 KOs) in a showdown with potential world title implications.
• Maurice Hooker 140 lbs vs. Alex Saucedo 139.4 lbs
(Hooker's WBO Junior Welterweight world title - 12 Rounds)
ESPN+ (6:30 p.m. ET)
• Egidijus Kavaliauskas 146.6 lbs vs. Roberto Arriaza 146.8 lbs
(Kavaliauskas' NABF and Arriaza’s WBO Inter-Continental Welterweight titles - 10 Rounds)
• Cletus Seldin 141.4 lbs vs. Nelson Lara 142.4 lbs
(Super Lightweight - 10 Rounds)
•Jonathan Guzman 122.6 lbs vs. Roberto Castaneda 122.8 lbs
(Super Bantamweight - 10 Rounds)
Albert Bell 132.4 lbs vs. Carlos Padilla 132.4 lbs
(Lightweight - 8 Rounds)
Trevor McCumby 172.6 lbs vs. Felipe Romero 172.4 lbs
(Light Heavyweight - 8 Rounds)
Tyler Howard 161 lbs vs. Isiah Seldon 160.8 lbs
(Middleweight - 8 Rounds)
Aaron Morales 117.4 lbs vs. Francisco Lapizco 118.2 lbs
(Bantamweight - 6 Rounds)
Rasheen Brown 120.6 lbs vs. Sebastian Baltazar 120.6 lbs
(Super Bantamweight - 4 Rounds)
Paul Kroll 149.6 lbs vs. Travis Conley 147.4 lbs
(Super Welterweight - 4 Rounds)
• John Rincon 135 lbs vs. Emanuel Williams (Will Weigh-In Later)
(Lightweight- 4 Rounds)