Hooker Stopped in 6 Rounds by Ramirez

Hooker Stopped in 6 Rounds by Ramirez

By Gary Kittilsen

Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker has been the definition of a road do. Traveling over to Manchester to win the WBO 140-pound world title against “Turbo” Terry Flanagan. Then defending it twice in a row in enemy territory, first in Oklahoma when he stopped hometown hero Alex Saucedo then earlier this year he traveled to New York and beat down then-undefeated New Yorker Mikkel LesPierre.

It was Mighty Mo’s time to have a home game and put on a show for his home town fans. Hooker has risen from obscurity early in his career fighting in small Dallas shows and wanted to go back to were it all started his hometown, Dallas, Texas to unify two of the 140-pound straps and celebrate with his hometown fans who have supported him for years.

However, WBC champ Jose Carlos Ramirez was not going to cooperate. Ramirez put forth a superb and rugged performance and stopped the home town hero in the sixth.

From the opening bell on it appeared, it was going to be Ramirez’s night, getting credit with a knockdown of Hooker in the opening round on what appeared to everyone in the arena as a slip as the two fighters got their feet tangled up. Ramirez was given credit for the knockdown and won an otherwise even round, 10-8, putting him in control on the cards and giving him the momentum.

The momentum that he carried into round two where he trapped the Texan against the ropes and kept him there and battered him for most of the final minute of the second stanza.

In noticeable trouble, Hooker had to switch gears and started to create space in the third round and found a comfort zone at long-range scoring consistently with the right hand. The Dallas native appeared to be battling his way back into the fight through rounds three and four. However, Ramirez was able to again close the distance and land power shots on the inside and Hooker appeared notably fatigued in the fifth round.

The sixth round proved to be the last as Hooker no longer had the spring in his legs nor the snap in his punches to keep the swarming Ramirez off of him. A perfectly placed three-piece combination that finished with a picture-perfect left hook that landed squarely and rocked Mighty Mo’s Mighty chin sending him reeling into the ropes. Ramirez seized the opportunity and jumped on the wounded fighter unloading a barrage of power shots that landed with accuracy and caused the referee to step in and call a halt to the bout, giving Ramirez the WBO belt that had previously belonged to the Texan in addition to his WBC strap.

Ramirez will be in position to fight that winner of the Regis Progris versus Josh Taylor fight which is the finals of the WBSS tournament and will unify the other two belts in the division.

The co-main event featured Tevin Farmer defending his IBF 130-pound strap by outclassing and dominating a very game Guillaume Frenois over 12 rounds. Farmer, who wore trunks honoring the late Pernell Whitaker put on his best “Sweet Pea” impersonation making Frenois miss badly and then answering with sharp counter shots on his way to taking a one-sided unanimous decision by scores of 119-108 and 116-111 twice.

Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA.

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