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Top Rank chairman Bob Arum has a plan he hopes put into place for a series of fights at junior welterweight. Oklahoma City contender Alex Saucedo (27-0, 17 KOs) is already scheduled to fight Australia’s Lenny Zappavigna (37-3, 27 KOs) in the co-feature on the June 30 Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card in Oklahoma City and Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) is slated to make his first world title defense against Danny O’Connor (30-3, 11 KOs) on the July 7 Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card in Ramirez’s hometown of Fresno, California. Beyond that, Arum said that if Saucedo wins he will be in the mandatory position to challenge Maurice Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs), who upset Terry Flanagan by split decision in England on Saturday to win a vacant 140-pound title. Arum said he spoke to Hooker promoter Dino Duva of Rock Nation Sports on Monday and “I hope Hooker can come down to Oklahoma City and watch that fight and then I would match Saucedo with Hooker with the winner of that fight to go against Jose Ramirez (in a unification fight).”

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer131d ago