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Photos: Maurice Hooker, Alex Saucedo - Go Face To Face

The WBO junior welterweight champion and native of Dallas, Texas, Maurice Hooker, is in hostile territory. (photos by Mikey Williams).

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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.

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Saucedo and Hooker faced off for the first time 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.

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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.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by millcitymauler on 11-14-2018

Wow - without his hat, Arriaza is a dead ringer for Jose Luis Castillo

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