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Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/14/18

Hooker vs. Flanagan

Boxing: Saturday April 14, 2018 (London)

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Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker fight Saturday in London for the WBO World Super Lightweight Title. 

Terry Flanagan enters this fight with a 33-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Flanagan’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Petr Petrov. Flanagan will be defending a belt for the sixth straight fight while continuing to prove he’s arguably the top lightweight boxer in the world. Flanagan is 28 years old, stands at 5’9” and has a southpaw stance. You usually know what you’re getting when you fight Flanagan, as he throws rapid punches with quick hands and doesn’t get outworked often in the ring. Flanagan is looking to overwhelm his opponent with combinations, and he’s won eight of his last 11 fights by stoppage. Flanagan doesn’t have the raw punching power to stop an opponent with one shot, but his work rate gets the job done and him constantly dictating the pace with his quickness allows him to usually easily win on the cards. Flanagan has fought his whole career in the UK, his birthplace. 

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Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/14/18

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Maurice Hooker enters this fight with a 23-0-3 record that includes 16 knockouts. Hooker has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Courtney Jackson. Hooker will fight for the sixth time since 2016 and has a chance to get probably the biggest victory of his career. Hooker is a 28-year-old boxer from Dallas, who is long and rangy, uses his jab well and is a great athlete. Hooker dodges punches well and has very quick hands that make him dangerous on the counter. And while his frail body wouldn't suggest much punching power, seven of Hooker’s last 10 victories have come by stoppage. The downfall is Hooker can be a bit passive offensively, leaving decisions close, and he probably should have lost the bout against Darleys Perez. This will certainly be Hooker’s biggest test to date. This will be Hooker’s second fight outside of the United States.

This is a clear clash of styles, as Flanagan likes to push the pace and be the aggressor, while Hooker likes to feel out his opponent, rely on his counters and defense and can be passive at times. How will Hooker deal with the pressure? Will his frail body be able to take the offensive pounding that’s likely coming his way? These are questions that will be answered and are key to this fight. Neither one of these fighters has an impressive resume if we’re being completely honest, but you have to side with Flanagan in this bout because we know he’s going to control the pace of this fight and try to walk down Hooker. This fight is also in Flanagan’s backyard, while this is the first time Hooker has been outside of North America. I kind of have to see it to believe it. 

Give me Flanagan to win this fight. 

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