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Maurice Hooker vows to come back better than ever after loss to Jose Ramirez

Hooker thanked the referee for stepping in when he did.

Maurice Hooker v Jose Ramirez Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Former junior welterweight titleholder Maurice Hooker suffered the first loss of his pro career this past Saturday, dropping the WBO belt to Jose Ramirez in a fantastic unification fight.

Hooker (26-1-3, 17 KO) is vowing to come back strong from the defeat, giving credit to Ramirez on a great win.

“It just wasn’t my night,” said Hooker. “Ramirez is a great fighter, but it was his time. I’ll be back and better than ever in my next fight, I can tell you that. Right now, I want to spend time with my family and kids and then get back into the ring.”

Hooker also thanked everyone, including Ramirez for the fight and referee Mark Nelson for stepping in when he did, with Hooker badly hurt against the ropes.

“I’d like to thank my team and Roc Nation for standing by my side, Ramirez and his camp for a great fight, Matchroom and DAZN for coordinating everything and the referee stopping the fight when he saw the need to. Boxing is a dangerous sport. The most important thing is that I’m around to watch my kids grow up. I’m grateful and excited for the next opportunity I get to prove myself to the world.”