Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker has his sites set on a second world title

Back on June 9, 2018, the 6-1 underdog, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker defeated Terry Flanagan, a southpaw, on his home turf, the Manchester Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom to win the vacant WBO World Super Lightweight Title. Two of the residing judges had Hooker winning while the third judge scored the bout an incredulous 117-111 in favor of Flanagan.

Considering the location, Manchester, plus the odds that the Bookies had posted on this fight, it was thought to be a slam dunk and hardly a thrilling victory for the American.

To come out victorious in that contest, Hooker, an orthodox fighter going up against a southpaw, had to train non-stop for six straight months and had to be away from his family as well, while learning how to defeat a southpaw. Two of Hooker’s present day confidants, southpaw phenoms Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (the IBF World Welterweight Title holder) and Terrence “Bud” Crawford (the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO World Super Lightweight Champ) helped immensely with Hooker’s schooling in their sparring sessions and did in fact teach him how to defeat that southpaw.

Now we have Hooker, an established favorite of both the San Diego and Dallas area Boxing fans, training locally in Bird Rock, Calif. at the Pacific Training Center with a staff that includes Vince & Bumpy Parra, Eddie Locco with the help of the readily available orthodox sparring partners from the area which now includes: USA Amateur standouts and soon to be turning Pro Lazaro Francisco Lorenzana and C. J. Earle a prodigy from West Philadelphia, Penna. sent here by the legendary Bernard Hopkins, 20-year-old Bryan “The Kid” Figueroa (15-1, 7 KOs) boxers from The Arena Gym in Point Loma, Brandon Cruz (7-0) from the Bound Boxing Academy, lightweight Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez (37-3-2, 30 KOs) from Phoenix, Arizona by way of Los Mochis, Sonora, Mexico.

At the conclusion of their sparring session, Maurice Hooker poses for a photo with his sparring mates (l to r) Bryan Figueroa, Roberto Manzanarez, Mo Hooker, Lazaro Francisco Lorenzana.
(l to r) Amateur standout Lazaro Francisco Lorenzana of Chula Vista, Calif. (soon to turn Pro) plus 20-year-old Pro Brandon “2 Smooth (6-1, 4 KOs) from Spring Valley, Calif.
Great things are expected of this young man, C. J. Earle, all the way from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a protégé of the one and only Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, the former multi-Federation, Multi-Association World Light Heavyweight champion.
At times, it must seem that being a pugilist is all hard work, sacrifice and then battle of the fittest but there’s also the fun stuff. Like the time Mo got to joke around with a top heavyweight contender by the name of Tyson Fury. Then there was the time his manager chauffeured him around San Diego in his classic Chevy.
In Boxing, you have the boxers who have reached that pinnacle, climbed the mountain, looked across to the other side. While the youngsters coming up can only dream about what it must be like.
On hand to show her support was Mo Hooker’s wife Khaynisha Hooker plus their sons: Maurice Hooker Jr. (l) and Khirese Hooker (r) two of the 8 offspring of 7 boys and 1 girl.

A further look at Hooker’s next match-up against Jose Carlos Ramirez (24-0, 16 KOs) at the College Park Center, Arlington, Dallas, Texas, on July 27, 2019. Hooker, who has certainly fought the tougher schedule, is one inch taller and will have a decided reach advantage of 80″ to just 72.5″ for Martinez. That means that hard, snapping jab of Hooker’s should be effective and keep Ramirez at a distance. That being said, Ramirez did have an exceptional performance against another local favorite Antonio Orozco (28-1, 17 KOs). In that first Orozco loss at the hands of Jose Carlos Ramirez, the scores were a resounding 119-107 favoring Ramirez on all three scorecards.

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