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Alex Saucedo says he is a different fighter than Terry Flanagan, eyes victory over WBO champion Maurice Hooker on Friday night

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This coming Friday will see the return of WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker back into the ring, as he faces off with Oklahoma City native Alex Saucedo from the Chesapeake Energy Arena, the same location where the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder call home.

This fight marks the first title defense for Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs), who won the belt June 9 when he traveled to Manchester, England, and defeated Terry Flanagan via split decision in a fight that many felt he wouldn’t prevail.

Saucedo (28-0, 18 KOs) earned this title shot, his first as a professional, with a brutal and bloody seventh-round TKO over veteran Lenny Zappavigna on June 30 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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On Monday afternoon, both men could be found inside of the Azteca Boxing Club and they seem equally full of confidence.

“This is his first time in a world title fight, so he’s nervous,” said Hooker. “It’s his first big fight at home. A championship. I know he’s nervous.”

Hooker presents a tough style in the ring. He has a lanky, puncher’s frame, much like a young Tommy Hearns, and he is almost fearless with his approach.

“I’ll tell you this,” said Hooker. “Don’t blink, because I’m coming. I’m feeling good, feeling confident in myself. I’m ready to fight.”

Saucedo is the younger fighter in this matchup at 24 years old and he recognizes the ability of Hooker.

“Maurice Hooker is a champion for a reason,” stated Saucedo. “He’s a great fighter with a good reach and power in both of his hands. We have a tough fight on our hands, but we will be ready for anything that he brings to the table.”

Hooker has said some things about Saucedo’s lack of defense, but that doesn’t seem to bother the young contender.

“I’m going to show boxing fans the real me on Nov. 16,” Saucedo said. “He can say what he wants about me getting hit a lot, but I don’t have any draws on my record. He says I’ve been hit a lot, but if you have three draws on your record, that means you’re not that hard to hit.”

The edge in experience lies with Hooker, simply due to him being able to have won a world title overseas vs. an experienced champion in the game.

“I am a different fighter than Terry Flanagan, who he won the title from,” Saucedo countered. “As always, I’m going to give it my all in the ring. I just want to beat him up and become the new WBO junior welterweight champion of the world. Hooker’s fight with Flanagan. All I have to say is I’m a different fighter than Flanagan. On Friday, he will see the type of fighter I am.”

Every so often in boxing, you get a fight between a champion in his prime vs. a hungry up and comer and this has all the makings of a great one.

The fight is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Roc Nation Sports and Matchroom Boxing, and fans can watch the action on ESPN.

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