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
KO’s) jumped all over Sonny Fredrickson (21-3, 14 KO’s)
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
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 I’m
still an aggressive fighter who goes for the knockout.
That won’t 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 KO’s) Salvador Briceno (17-6, 11
KO’s) 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 86’d. 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
Southpaw Super Lightweight John Bauza (14-0, 5 KO’s)
took on a game and aggressive Lawrence James Fryers
(11-1, 4 KO’s) 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 couldn’t 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 KO’s)
came up on the short fighting inside this same Las Vegas
Bubble. Not to be deterred he took on Donte Stubbs (6-1,
2 KO’s) 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.