World Champion Maurice Hooker Retains
WBO Title: "I Want To Unify The Titles"
Roc Nation Sports and Matchroom USA boxer Maurice Hooker
(26-0-1, 17 KO’s) successfully defended his title for the
second time, dominating challenger Mikkel LesPierre (21-1,
10 KO’s) by way of unanimous decision in a primetime bout
broadcast on DAZN and Sky Sports at the Turning Stone Resort
& Casino in Verona, N.Y. With this being Hooker’s first
fight of 2019, he has already proven he stands amongst the
top contenders in the world and looks to return to his
hometown of Dallas, Texas for his next big bout.
“I told everyone I was the best and I proved it again,” said
Hooker. “Now I need to bring this belt back home to Dallas.
I want to give my hometown a show they won’t forget and
continue to shock the world with my abilities. I’m ready for
the next big thing. My long-term goal is also to unify the
belts, I want them all!”
Hooker’s win over LesPierre is his third consecutive bout in
which he beat his opponent as a road warrior. Hooker
previously defeated Alex Saucedo (28-1, 18 KO’s) in
Saucedo’s hometown of Oklahoma City in November 2018.
Although Saucedo did manage to knock the champion down in an
early round, Hooker bounced back with a mixture of jab and
hook combinations, resulting in a spectacular display and
TKO in the seventh round.
Hooker’s next bout will be announced soon but he hopes this
most recent win will secure a chance to dominate in his
native Dallas, TX. It would mark Hooker’s first fight in
Dallas since he captured the championship belt on June 9,
2018 when he defeated Terry Flanagan via split decision in
the opponent’s native city of Manchester, England at the
“Everyone knows Mo struggled a bit to make his weight for
this bout. His shutout performance win over LesPierre under
physical adversity is just another example of the incredible
fighter he is. That’s what champions do,” said Roc Nation
Sports boxing promoter Dino Duva. “I’m confident he will
learn from this. He has fought long and hard for the chance
to bring the belt back to Dallas and we now intend to give
him that fight as soon as possible.”