Former WBO Title Challenger Retires Due To Brain Bleeds

A former world title contender has called an early end to his career.

Alex Saucedo has retired following his unanimous decision loss to Arnold Barboza Jr. Saucedo vs. Barboza served as the co-main event of Teofimo Lopez vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko back on October 17. Saucedo’s decision to retire goes far beyond simply suffering a loss.

Saucedo suffered two brain bleeds after the fight with Barboza. Saucedo made the reveal to ESPN’s Mark Kriegel. Here’s what Saucedo had to say (via

“My career is done. But I’m glad to be alive. I’ve never saw another fighter come out alive after one of these. But if I get hit again, I might not be able to talk about it.”

Saucedo’s manager, Sam Katkovski, said that the brain bleeds were 6 millimeters and 10 millimeters. Saucedo stayed at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for three nights. While his boxing career may be over, Saucedo says he feels healthy.

Saucedo ends his pro boxing career at the age of 26. His record is 30-2 with 19 of those wins coming by way of knockout. He competed for the WBO Light-Welterweight Title against Maurice Hooker back in 2018. Saucedo lost the fight via seventh-round TKO.


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