Saturday night at the College Park Center, Arlington, Texas, Matchroom boxing broadcast a world title double header on DAZN headlined by WBC junior welterweight champion Jose Carlos Ramirez and WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker. The title unification bout would be co-featured by IBF Super Featherweight belt holder Tevin Farmer taking on Guillaume Frenois.
The WBO and WBC unification between Hooker and Ramirez was not only a contest between two undefeated champions but most likely a preview on who will face the winner between World Boxing Super Series Finalist Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor the divisions WBA and IBF title holders who will meet in the junior welterweight bracket finals later this year. The combination of the two factors made this one of boxing’s most significant fights of 2019 so far.
When Hooker and Ramirez stepped in the ring, fans opinions were split on who would emerge victorious but once the bell rang a clear winner did emerge without controversy.
It was a strong opening round for Ramirez as he pressured Hooker and kept him off balance, while Hooker was unfairly ruled down after Ramirez stepped on his foot it was still a Ramirez round. Over the next few rounds when Ramirez was able to push Hooker backwards he maintained full control but in center of the ring, it was Hooker who controlled the action with his jab.
In the fourth Hooker completely controlled the round outside a small flurry from Ramirez, the next round was almost a mirror in action. When round six began it really seemed like Hooker had found his groove, he was out boxing Ramirez pumping his jab then a Ramirez counter stunned Hooker sending him on the back foot.
That’s when Jose Carlos Ramirez closed the distance, pinned Hooker on the ropes and let loose a flurry that forced referee Mark Nelson to halt the action.
With the win Jose Carlos Ramirez now the unified WBC and WBO 140lb champion improved to 25-0(17) while Maurice Hooker after his first career defeat now stands at 26-1-3(17).
In the co-feature IBF Super Featherweight champion Tevin Farmer defended his title by totally dominating for EBU champion Guillaume Frenois out of France. It was a great performance by Farmer who boggled Frenois all twelve rounds and kept him wondering how he could “Solve the Farmer Puzzle?”
The final score read 116-111 twice and 109-108 all in favor of Tevin Farmer who improved to 30-4-1(6), this was the second loss in the career of Frenois who now stands at 46-2-1(12).
In Undercard action
Super Bantamweight-Tramaine Williams improved to 19-0(6) when he won a ten round unanimous decision over Yenifel Vicente 35-4-2(27). With the win Williams picked up the divisions vacant NABO and USBA belts.
Heavyweight- Joey Dawejko 20-7-4 (11) def. Rodney Hernandez 13-8-2(4) UD 10
Middleweight- Nikita Ababiy 6-0(5) def. Yunier Calzada 6-6-1(1) via UD 6
Middleweight- Austin Williams 3-0(3) def. Jabrandon Harris 0-3() KO 1
Super Lightweight- Movladdin Biyarslanov 4-0(4) def. Solon Staley 1-4 via TKO 3
Middleweight- Darius Bagley 1-0() def. Carlos Dixon 1-15-1() via UD 4