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News: Hooker vs Saucedo; Blair Cobbs

Roc Nation Sports today announced that Top Rank has won the purse bid for Maurice Hooker’s defense of the WBO Super Lightweight Title against top mandatory challenger Alex Saucedo, submitting a $1.625 million bid to secure the rights to promote the WBO title fight.

Given the outcome, Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs) – who is co-promoted by Roc Nation Sports and Matchroom Boxing – will fight Saucedo (28-0, 18 KOs) for the WBO super lightweight title belt fight on ESPN+. Roc Nation Sports, Matchroom Boxing and Top Rank are expected to schedule the bout for either Nov. 16 or Nov. 17 in Oklahoma City.

“I’m very excited to defend my world title on a national platform and show the world what I bring to the ring,” Hooker said. “I feel like this is my time – I’m hungry, I’ve been working hard and I’m ready to make Alex Saucedo my next victim.”


“Maurice has earned all of his accolades and we’re incredibly proud of how he’s represented Roc Nation in the ring,” Roc Nation boxing promoter Dino Duva said. “We look forward to collaborating with Top Rank and Matchroom Boxing to finalize the details of this bout and it’ll be one that boxing fans won’t want to miss.”

When Hooker returns to the ring, it will mark his first bout since he toppled Terry Flanagan on June 9 via split-decision victory to capture the vacant 140-pound championship belt. The 29-year-old achieved the feat in his first career world title fight in Flanagan’s hometown of Manchester, where he earned scores of 115-113 and 117-111 while another judge scored it 117-111 in Flanagan’s favor.

Saucedo is coming off his own victory over Leonardo Zappavigna on June 30 in Oklahoma City, where he won via a seventh-round TKO.

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The purse bid for the mandatory bout between World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Welterweight World Champion Maurice Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs), of Texas, and first-ranked Alex Saucedo (28-0, 18 KOs), from Oklahoma, was held today at the WBO central offices in SanJuan, Puerto Rico.

Top Rank won the rights for the fight with a successful bid of $ 1.625 millions. Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti, personally presented the winning bid. The fight is scheduled for November in Oklahoma.

Matchroom Boxing also participated in the purse bid and was represented by Dino Duva.

The WBO exhorted both Top Rank and other promoters to submit their boxers to doping controls, not only immediately prior to and after the title fights, but throughout the entire training phase of both combatants.

Blair Cobbs Voted Prospect of the Year by Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Committee

Prince Ranch Boxing’s undefeated welterweight, Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (10-7 KOs), who is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, was voted “Prospect of the Year” by the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame committee. Please join Blair Cobbs along with many other boxing greats this Friday when the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame hosts it’s meet and greet event at Caesars Palace.

“It’s an honor to be voted Prospect of the Year by the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame,” said an enthused Blair Cobbs. “I’ve worked very hard to get to this point in my career. I want to thank my manager Greg Hannley for guiding me, and his support throughout my career has been crucial to my success. I also want to thank Golden Boy Promotions and my family and friends for believing in me.”

“Blair Cobbs is a talented fighter with a bright future,” said Greg Hannley, president of Prince Ranch Boxing who manages Cobbs. “I’m ecstatic that the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame committee is honoring Blair with this award. Blair exemplifies all the good traits a prize fighter should have. I’m honored to be his manager.”

Cobbs, who resides in Las Vegas, NV, by way of Philadelphia, is trained by two-time world champion Bones Adams. In his last fight, Cobbs scored a 2nd round knockout over Emmanuel Valadez, a fight that took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

For more information on the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame and their upcoming events please visit www.NVBHOF.com. Their Meet & Greet/Fan Experience will take place this Friday August 17, 2018, followed by their 2018 6th Annual Induction Dinner on Saturday August 18, 2018. Click links above to purchase tickets.