When the Smoke Clears:💨 Jose Ramirez vs. Maurice Hooker

By Jon Uddin🖋️

Well it delivered every ounce of excitement that was expected when the fight was announced.

And the announcement was all that was needed to sell this one to boxing fans. There were no extra gimmicks, crazy trash talk, or tweets of the day necessary to convince anyone that a potential classic was on the way, which is good, because none of those things are in either fighters personality.

Both Ramirez and Hooker epitomized boxers that “let their fists do the talking” come fight night and were delivering a matchup that fans appreciate seeing fighters go for in a time in boxing, where it has been rare to make that happen without extended delays.

The Super-Lightweight unification bout between 🇺🇸Jose Ramirez and 🇺🇸Maurice Hooker was action packed from start to finish, both men giving as well as they took over six rounds, rounds which saw the pendulum of momentum swing 3-4 times within it. The rounds were so close the winner came down to what work a particular person scoring the fight liked best.

In the end, as we know, Ramirez left with the WBO and WBC titles after delivering a 6th round tko on Hooker. A TKO that to Hooker’s credit he does not dispute saying “two fighters died this week and I didn’t want to be the third…the ref did the right thing because I was hurt.”

Maybe we see this fight played out again in a rematch at some point down the road. It is unlikely to be soon, but that’s ok because as great as the performance Ramirez and Hooker put on Saturday night, more awaits within the 140 pound division. We still have the World Boxing Super Series Super Lightweight final between Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis this fall, and Jose Ramirez is right in line waiting to take on the winner in early 2020.

As for Hooker, yes he lost the fight and his WBO title, but he left with as much respect and fanfare as he entered the ring with due to his performance, and fighting spirit during the course of the fight. A move up to 147 may loom for Hooker, but whatever he does fans will ne eager to see him in action once again just as much as Ramirez.

After a brutal few days in boxing with the deaths of the great Pernell Whitaker, Maxim Dadashev and Hugo Santillan, fans and the sport in general needed this to balance out everything that had taken place. The losses we take in the sport sting, but the shows and fights must go on, and what we saw this past Saturday from these two men remind us why we love the sport and the fighters who fight so much.

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