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Maurice Hooker facing layoff with broken hand, could face Alexis Rocha in return

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Hooker injured his hand in his seventh-round TKO loss to Vergil Ortiz Jr. last Saturday

Vergil Ortiz Jr v Maurice Hooker Photo by Sye Williams/Golden Boy/Getty Images

Maurice Hooker took some serious damage in last Saturday’s war with Vergil Ortiz Jr., and it looks like he’ll be feeling the effects for a while. Trainer Brian McIntyre tells Dan Rafael that “Mighty Mo” did, in fact, suffer a broken hand in the seventh round that will result in “at least 4 weeks” in a cast and “[n]o hitting for 2 months.”

Honestly, I support him flipping everyone off.

Hooker (27-2-3, 18 KO) gave a damn good account of himself against one of the scariest prospects in the sport, getting up from some nasty body shots before the aforementioned hand injury sent him to a knee for the full count.

Despite this setback, he might already have an opponent for his return, as Chris Mannix reports that Golden Boy, with whom Hooker signed a two-fight deal, “is eyeing a matchup between Hooker and once-beaten prospect Alexis Rocha.” The 23-year-old Rocha lost an entertaining clash with fellow up-and-comer Rashidi Ellis last October, and a fight with Hooker would show an admirable willingness to get right back in the mix after his first career defeat.