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Jose Ramirez gets the better of Maurice Hooker in thrilling battle of champions

Jose Ramirez spoils Maurice Hooker’s homecoming

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Ramirez wins photo by Mikey Williams.jpg
Ramirez wins photo by Mikey Williams.jpg

Evenly matched, both undefeated and champions - something had to give.

 

It did.

 

WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez added the WBO belt to his collection by knocking out Maurice Hooker in round six at College Center Park in Arlington, TX, Saturday night.

 

In round one, both fighters landed solid jabs. Hooker also landed a right. The WBO champion went down courtsey of Ramirez steeping on his foot. Hooker got up annoyed, and fired back, but ate more blows. Ramirez (27-0, 17 KOs) was bobbing and weaving. Both men connected with jarring blows.

 

Hooker (26-1-3, 17 KOs) used his long jab more effectively in round two. Ramirez, 26, forced the action. He landed a left hook to the gut. Hooker, 29, moved to his left and fired right hands. A few landed. Ramirez forced Hooker into the ropes and unloaded. He worked upstairs and down. Hooker clocked Ramirez with a hard right in round three.

 

Ramirez doubled up on his hooks. He was using angles to try and catch Hooker. He went back to the body. Hooker fired a combination. Ramirez ate a number of shots to the body and head. He looked slightly buzzed. Hooker tried to follow up, but Ramirez came back with his own blows.

 

The first three rounds had been thrilling. Hooker, with an eight-inch reach advantage, went back to boxing in round four. Ramirez, with his hands up high, fired rights. Hooker landed a combination. Ramirez snapped Hooker’s head back with a jab. Hooker landed a solid right to the chin. Ramirez fired uppercuts at the bell.

 

Hooker cracked Ramirez with uppercuts in round five. Ramirez pushed Hooker into the ropes and went to work. This was where he could do some damage. Hooker was eating blows. He battled back. Ramirez clocked Hooker with more shots, but Hooker tagged him with soild rights and lefts. Hooker knew his best chance to win was boxing. He did just that for a minute or so in round six, but it wasn’t to be.

 

Ramirez dug to the body. As they traded, Ramirez connected with a wicked left hook that sent Hooker fading and into dreamland. He fell into the ropes, virtualy out on his feet. Ramirez connected with three more left hooks and a right before referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight.

 

The sudden end came at 1:48 seconds into round six.

 

“I felt confidence in my skills," said Ramirez. "I believed in my team, I’m the unified champion of the world. I am very blessed."

 

 

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