15
Nov
2018

Maurice Hooker v Alex Saucedo given August deadline by WBO

Hooker v Saucedo 28/07/2018

Negotiations have been ordered for a mandatory clash between new WBO super-lightweight champion Maurice Hooker and Alex Saucedo this month.

The WBO have given both parties less than three weeks to negotiate the contest as Hooker prepares for a first defense of the title.

Hooker and Saucedo impressed thoroughly in June encounters, which should make for an exciting contest if agreed for later in the year.

Travelling to the UK to inflict a first loss on Terry Flanagan, Hooker picked up his first world title in some style but faces a tough challenge in Saucedo.

The Mexican-American was involved in one of the fights of the year, certainly which included the round of the year so far, when Saucedo traded blows with Lenny Zappavigna last month.

Hopefully a deal can be done as new DAZN signing Hooker and Saucedo could be something special for fans to enjoy in the late fall or early winter.

Below is the official document sent out by the WBO: 

wbo july 2018

From: Luis Batista Salas, Esq
Chairman, WBO Championship Committee

MR. EDDIE HEARN
Matchroom Boxing Promotions

MR. BOB ARUM
Top Rank Promotions

Re: WBO Jr. Welterweight Title Bout Negotiations
Maurice Hooker vs. Alex Saucedo

Gentlemen:

Please be advised the parties have twenty days (20) upon receipt of this letter to negotiate an agreement for the WBO Jr. Welterweight Title Bout between the Jr. Welterweight Champion Maurice Hooker and Mandatory Challenger, Alex Saucedo. If an accord is not reached within the time frame, a Purse Bid will be ordered, pursuant to the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.

The minimum acceptable bid for the WBO Jr. Welterweight Division is $150,000.00 (One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars). Any one of the parties involved may request a Purse Bid at any time during the negotiation process.

Yours Truly,
Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

Cc: Carl Moretti/Top Rank
Dino Duva/Roc Nation
Francisco Valcárcel, Esq.

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