Sonny Fredrickson Looking To Make A Name For Himself Against Alex Saucedo
Making his debut in 2014 a the age of 20, Sonny Fredrickson has been waiting for a chance to shine within the rich talent pool boxing has. Under the brought lights of ESPN programming, he may get his chance to do so.
Inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on June 30, Fredrickson (21-2) will face off against former WBO Super-Lightweight Champion Alex Saucedo (29-1). William Hill (via CBS) has Saucedo the -900 favorite, with Fredrickson the +600 underdog in the fight. Steep, Fredrickson likes those odds and is ready to prove the majority of those who doubt him wrong.
“It’s definitely gonna be a fight that when I win it’s gonna be shocking to people,” Fredrickson stated to Boxing Scene. “And I think it’s really gonna put my name out there a lot more, and it’s gonna get me bigger opportunities. This is definitely my shot, honestly. This is a do-or-die fight for me almost.”
Fredrickson is on a one-fight losing streak. He 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. Teah was a true test for Fredrickson, who is still learning to make the most of the opportunities that have been given to him.
His opponent is someone who is considered one of the most refreshed fighters out there. Saucedo fought three times in 2018, his last fight a loss to WBO Super-Lightweight Champion Maurice Hooker. In terrible shape beforehand, Saucedo took time away from the sport. It took a year later for him to beat Rod Salka via knockout. Now, seven months since his last fight, Saucedo is looking to get back into title contention.
Saucedo has nineteen wins via knockout, while Fredrickson has 14. Four out of the latter’s last five wins have come via KO. While limited, he is hoping his experience can help against the rested Saucedo.
“I feel like I’m gonna shock him with my punching power, honestly,” Fredrickson went on to say. “I feel like eventually, as the rounds go on, the same way Maurice Hooker did, he threw himself out a little bit. He gets tired, gets fatigued in his fights a lot. So, I feel like as long as I just stay focused and don’t take no punishment early on, I’ll be able to stop him.”
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