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  Saucedo Slugs His Way To Victory

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


The main event started out looking like it was going to be a quick one. Super Lightweight Alex Saucedo (30-1,19 KOs) jumped all over Sonny Fredrickson (21-3, 14 KOs) like a cheap suit, but somehow Sonny survived the early onslaught. After that it became a showcase evening for the new and improved Saucedo.

Over the course of the ten round show Saucedo put on a magnificent display of some new skills along with the some of his old fire that has made him a fan favorite. The long and lean Frederickson proved to be a tough customer. Although he labored on the ropes and was eating a lot of leather, he also did some fine work in the center of the ring catching Saucedo with numerous flush shots.

This was the first time Saucedo went ten rounds and he passed that test with flying colors. Final scores told the story of the fight as Saucedo took all cards, 98-92, 99-91 & 100-90.

Talking about his performance Saucedo shared, We worked on a lot of things in the gym. It was important for me to get the rounds in, and Sonny was a tough opponent. I am ready to take over the 140-pound division. Whatever opportunity comes my way, I will take advantage of it. Most importantly, I got rid of the ring rust and went 10 hard rounds.I am a more disciplined fighter, but Im still an aggressive fighter who goes for the knockout. That wont change.

Because of a less than Phi Beta Kappa maneuver by his trainer/Father Super Lightweight Josue Vargas was going to take on (17-1, 9 KOs) Salvador Briceno (17-6, 11 KOs) with a less than familiar voice in the corner. Earlier in the day it was discovered that Vargas Father wandered outside of the protective Bubble to get some medicine. That was a violation and he was 86d. This could have been problematic but fortunately for him his opponent Briceno looked like he was fighting in a bucket of wet cement. Lopsided scores were indicative of a horrendous mismatch; 99-91 & 100-90 x 2 all in favor of Vargas.

Southpaw Super Lightweight John Bauza (14-0, 5 KOs) took on a game and aggressive Lawrence James Fryers (11-1, 4 KOs) in this eight round slugfest. Bauza was in control from the onset and remained so throughout the battle. For his part Fryers was a never say die type of boxer who was trying his best but just couldnt quite match the skill level of Bauza. In the end Bauza was giving the unanimous decision victory with scores of 79-73 & 80-72 x 2.

Two weeks ago Middleweight Isiah Jones (9-2, 3 KOs) came up on the short fighting inside this same Las Vegas Bubble. Not to be deterred he took on Donte Stubbs (6-1, 2 KOs) and this time Jones was victorious. It was a well earned victory against an undefeated prospect. Final scores read 57-57, 58-56 & 59-55 giving Jones a Majority decision victory.


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