Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Saucedo Decisions Fredrickson

Former Jr. Welterweight world title challenger Alex Saucedo scored a solid ten round unanimous decision over veteran Sonny Fredrickson on Tuesday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. In his first fight since November of last year, Saucedo was nearly non-stop in throwing punches from the opening bell as he frequently pressed Fredrickson back against the ropes and centered his attack to the body and head. 


While Saucedo was clearly the more active of the two fighters and brought the fight to Fredrickson, Fredrickson was effective in spots in countering Saucedo off the ropes. Although Saucedo’s pressure was the consistent theme of this fight, Fredrickson was most effective when he was able to use his legs and keep the fight in the center of the ring. As the fight progressed however, Fredrickson showed a willingness to be on the ropes and simply did not let his hands go consistently enough to sway the ebb and flow of the fight in his favor. This allowed Saucedo to earn a convincing unanimous decision victory. Official scores were 99-91, 98-92, and 100-90 all in favor of Saucedo. Alex Saucedo advances to 30-1, with 19 Knockouts. Sonny Fredrickson falls to 21-3, with 14 Knockouts.


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 Jr. Welterweight prospect Josue Vargas scored a dominant ten round unanimous decision over Salvador Briceno. Vargas showcased a full display of skills over the course of the fight using hand speed, lateral movement, counter punching, and defense to outbox Briceno. The lone adversity that Vargas had to encounter during the fight was being cut over the left eye as a result of an accidental clash of heads in round four. Official scores were 99-91, and 100-90 (On two scorecards) in favor of Vargas. Josue Vargas advances to 17-1, with 9 Knockouts. Salvador Briceno falls to 17-6, with 11 Knockouts.


In the first of the three Jr. Welterweight bouts on this card, undefeated prospect John Bauza scored an eight round unanimous decision over Larry Fryers. Over the course of the fight, Bauza consistently caught Fryers as he came forward and was generally the sharper fighter throughout. Official scores were 79-73, and 80-72 (On two scorecards) in favor of Bauza. John Bauza advances to 14-0, with 5 Knockouts. Larry Fryers falls to 11-3, with 4 Knockouts.


Middleweight Isiah Jones scored a six round majority decision over previously undefeated Donte Stubbs. Official scores were 59-55, 58-56, and 57-57. Isiah Jones advances to 9-2, with 3 Knockouts. Donte Stubbs falls to 6-1, with 2 Knockouts.


While this card was largely centered on the 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division and did not offer much in the way of thrills, it is again to point out as this observer has pointed out in his previous coverage of Boxing cards that have taken place under the circumstances of the COVID-19 epidemic, these are not normal circumstances for the fighters, the sport as a whole, and the world in general. The thirty four scheduled rounds over four fights on this card did however, provide a look at a few rising prospects and one former world title challenger, who is likely to be in the mix for a second opportunity at a world championship. 


Unfortunately, the theme that continues to hang over the sport and the world as a whole will continue to be the COVID-19 crisis as diagnosed cases and deaths related to the virus continues to increase. For now, all the fighters who have competed over the last few weeks as well as those who have bouts scheduled in the weeks and months ahead can hope for is that things improve regarding the virus and whenever that happens it will at minimum be an easier task to plan and focus on any potential fights that could be made.


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