A Motivated Alex Saucedo Ready For Sonny Fredrickson

Looking to have an active latter part of his career with a new team, Alex Saucedo is ready to prove he is a new fighter.

A former WBO Super-Lightweight Champion, Saucedo (29-1) is set to fight for the first time since November 2019, when he beat Rod Salka via knockout. He will face off against Sonny Fredrickson from inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Still one of the top fighters in the division, Saucedo is confident heading into tonight, June 30.

“We’re looking to put our name back at the top of the list for the 140-pound division,” Saucedo stated to Boxing Scene. “I believe this is a good fight to show where we’re at, and to get my name back out there. Fredrickson’s not a pushover.” 

Saucedo made his professional debut in 2011. The only loss of his career was a WBO Super-Lightweight Title fight against Maurice Hooker in 2018. His third fight that year, Saucedo would come into fight night in one of the worst shapes of his career. The weight cut was brutal for him, and it felt like fight fans were not seeing the same Saucedo who had eighteen knockout-wins before the bout.

Hooker would end up beating him in seven rounds via knockout. This ended up being a life-changing experience for Saucedo.

“I felt like Hooker fought a dead man,” Saucedo went on to say. “It was a horrible experience, but it taught me so many things and I believe this fight is gonna show the real Alex Saucedo. I got too comfortable by going into camp, doing the same thing and winning by knockout. It took that loss for me to wake up and say, ‘Hey, you don’t wanna put yourself through this ever again.’ That made me make all the changes.”

After fighting three times in eight months, The 26-year-old knew he needed to make a change. He also realized he needed to focus on recovering to become a top fighter again. Saucedo replaced Abel Sanchez with Pedro Neme Jr. and Eddie Autry. Taking time, 11 months between fights, to get to know his new trainers is something that Saucedo found valuable.

“I did feel refreshed,” Saucedo said. “I felt like I needed that. That whole year, I went with my new trainers and started working things out with them… I wanted to take a whole year of learning and putting everything in my brain, so that when fight night comes everything would be there and we wouldn’t have any misunderstandings in the corner. That’s really what that year was about. But it felt really good on my body, that year off.”

It will be seven months since Saucedo’s last fight. He faces a man in Fredrickson (21-2) who is on a one-fight losing streak. Fredrickson had his three-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Samuel Teah in November. The 25-year-old has over 14 wins via knockout and is 3-2 in his last five fights.

Now with a new team and utilizing new skills he didn’t think he would use before, Saucedo is ready to prove to Top Rank he can create a buzz again.

Top Rank’s Tuesday night main card begins at 8 p.m. ET tonight on ESPN.

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