šŸ”µ PHOTOS/RESULTS: Hooker vs. Saucedo + Mean Machine vs. Arriaza

Hooker Stops Saucedo in 7, Retains 140-Pound TitleĀ 

Mean Machine KOsĀ Roberto Arriaza in 3 in Welterweight Co-Feature

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 16, 2018) ā€”Ā The fairytale ending wasnā€™t meantĀ to be. Oklahoma City native Alex Saucedo fell short in his first world title challenge, as Maurice Hooker defended hisĀ WBO junior welterweight title againstĀ Saucedo via 7th-round TKO In front of 4,102 fans at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

“Alex is a great fighter. He came to fight, and I came to fight, and I went right at him,ā€ Hooker said. “I knew the first couple of rounds would be tough, but eventually it would be my time to take over.”

Said Saucedo: “He’s a champion for a reason. Now, I am going to rest, enjoy my family, and come back stronger. I gave it my very best in the ring.”

Saucedo (28-1, 18 KOs) landed the first major blow of the night, knocking Hooker down with a right hand in the second round, causing blood to gush from his nose. Hooker responded with a late flurry to end the round. The fight entered a familiar pattern, as Saucedo marched forward and Hooker (25-0-3, 17 KOs) landed flush counter punches.

Eventually, Hooker took over, as cuts over Saucedoā€™s left eye opened up. Hooker, using precision punching, Ā knocked Saucedo down with a right hand in the seventh. The end came soon after, and Hooker, a native of Dallas, Texas, left Oklahoma with his world title.

Mean Machine Blows OutĀ Arriaza

Egidijus ā€œThe Mean Machineā€ Kavaliauskas wanted to show the worldĀ that he deserves a crack at a welterweight world title. The statement was emphatic, as Kavaliauskas blew out the previously unbeaten Roberto Arriaza (17-1, 13 KOs) in three rounds to retain the NABF title and pick up the WBO Inter-Continental Belt.

Kavaliauskas (21-0, 17 KOs) made no secret that the man he wants to face next is WBO welterweight champion Terence ā€œBudā€ Crawford, who was seated ringside.

“I want to fight the best in the welterweight division, and the best guy right now is Terence Crawford,ā€ Kavaliauskas said.Ā “I am ready for that fight next.”

Said Arriaza: “I know I had him in trouble. I was the one who was dominating and was in control of the fight. I’m sure that I was going to finish him within six rounds, but he surprised me with a punch behind the ear and then he connected me while I was on the canvas.”

In other results:

Super Lightweight: Cletus Seldin (22-1, 18Ā KOs), KO 1, :26,Ā Ā Nelson LaraĀ (17-11-4, 9Ā KOs).

* Left hook to the body put Lara down for the count

Seldin said:Ā ā€œIt felt good to be back in the ring, injury-free this time. I was brought to Oklahoma City for one reason, and that is to fight the winner of the main event. And that is what I want next.ā€

Super Bantamweight:Ā Jonathan Guzman (23-1, 22 KOs), unanimous decision, 10 rounds, Roberto Castaneda (23-11-1, 16 KOs).Ā Scores: 99-91 3X.

Middleweight:Ā Tyler Howard (16-0, 11 KOs), KO 1, 1:30,Ā Ā Isiah Seldon (12-2-1, 4 KOs).

Light Heavyweight:Ā Trevor McCumby (25-0, 18 KOs), unanimous decision, 8 rounds, Felipe Romero (20-16-1, 14 KOs).Ā Scores:Ā 78-73, 78-72, 77-73.

Lightweight:Ā Albert Bell (13-0, 5 KOs),TKO 6, 3:00, Carlos Padilla (16-9-1, 10 KOs).

Bantamweight:Ā Aaron Morales (5-0, 3 KOs), unanimous decision, 6 rounds,Ā Francisco Lapizco (8-9, 2 KOs).Ā Scores: 59-55 3X.

Super Welterweight: Paul Kroll (2-0, 2 KOsĀ ) TKO 2, :13,Ā Antonio WattellĀ (1-6-1, 1Ā KO).

Super Bantamweight:Ā Rasheen Brown (2-0, 0 KOs), majority decision, 4 rounds, Sebastian Baltazar (1-3, 0 KOs). Scores: 38-38, 39-37 2X.

Lightweight:Ā John Rincon (1-0, 1 KO) KO 1, 1:24, Emanuel Williams (0-1).

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