At the age of 23, Alex is a six-year pro – he made his debut at 17. A rising young contender at 140 pounds, he was an amateur standout in the junior division before his debut – he turned pro before he was old enough to compete in the “open” division.
He has stayed active in the ring and made good progress as a pro – he fought six times in 2012, four times in 2013, five times in 2014, four times in 2015, three times in 2016, and three times in 2017.
Alex also stepped up in class of opposition and gave impressive performances.
In his last fight on March 10 in Carson, California, he won by seventh-round knockout against Abner Lopez.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafaelreported from ringside [excerpts]: Alex Saucedostruggled early against Abner Lopez but the fight came to a sudden end when Saucedo knocked him out with a brutal left hook to the body in the seventh round.
Lopez grimaced and went down in agony, and [the] referee immediately called off the fight at 1 minute, 17 seconds.
Lopez took it to Saucedo early and worked him over to the head and body, especially in the second round, when he opened a cut under Saucedo’s right eye. But Saucedo slowly got back into the action-packed fight and had him in trouble in the sixth round. Saucedo had a huge sixth round, badly hurting Lopez along the ropes with a series of clean punches, including an overhand right, that nearly dropped him. [End Rafael item]
In his post-fight interview, Alex said, “The first couple of rounds were a little bit slow for me, but I made my adjustments and I started to apply pressure. When I started to get my rhythm, I knew that it was just a matter of time until I knocked him out.
“I felt a little uncomfortable in the first two rounds, but I have trained very hard in Big Bear, and the sacrifices that I have made while being up there really helped me when things get tough in the ring.
“I’m ready for the big fights.”
In an earlier interview, Alex said, “Abel Sanchezhas been my trainer since November, 2016 – it’s been five fights now. You have to be ready to be trained here – his training is really no joke. Every day, Abel pushes you to the limit. There are no easy days here.
“I was in the process of looking for a new trainer because my old trainer, he was having trouble with his visa. He’s back in Mexico, and he can’t come back for now. I decided to look for a new trainer, and Abel was the first one that came to my mind. At the time, Triple-G was doing really well. I remember I had just seen a video on YouTube of them two training, and I said to myself, ‘Wow – that’s cool.’ We called him up to see if he was interested in training me. Now that I’ve been here, I’ve seen so many people call him and he hasn’t taken not one fighter out of all those guys. I’m very thankful that he took me – that he seen something in me that he wanted to work with me. That’s awesome!
“I’m aggressive – I like to put pressure and I know I have power in both hands. I like to go forward, just throwing punches. It’s really hard for somebody to take those punches – I feel the punches when I hit them. I have a lot of skills, too – my amateur career really helped me a lot. I use them when I need them, but I always like to be aggressive.”
Regarding his nickname, he said, “It comes from when I used to live in Mexico. When I was about five years old, they started calling me ‘El Cholo.’ I have an older brother, he’s four years older than me, I used to wear his clothes when I was out riding my bike. It was a little town, and I used to go everywhere wearing my big brother’s clothes – they were real saggy. I used to live in front of an elementary school and the guy that used to clean it started calling me ‘cholito’ – little cholo – because I was wearing those saggy clothes and everybody started calling me that. In English, cholo means ‘gangster,’ but we don’t take it like that.”
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Alex said, “I was born in Meoqui, Chihuahua. I have an older brother, and a younger sister and younger brother. My dad has always worked in concrete and my mom has been a janitor at schools for a very long time. I’m the only boxer in my family. My dad and my grandfather were into boxing back in Mexico, but they only fought in the streets – my dad is well-known in Mexico for that.
“In Mexico, I was the baddest kid out of the whole neighborhood – that’s why they started calling me ‘El Cholo’, too. I was five, six years old, hanging out with all the little kids around the neighborhood. I was always the baddest one, riding on my bike, jumping fences, making everybody fight, getting everybody in trouble. So, the guy that used to clean the school in front of my house – he was a janitor for so many years – he watched me growing up. He started calling me ‘El Cholito’ because I was so bad.
“My family moved to Oklahoma City when I was seven years old, just about to turn eight. The first time I went into the gym, I was nine years old. I was getting into fights at school all the time and one of my dad’s friends told him, ‘Take him to the gym and see if he’s really like that. They can calm him down at the gym.’ Ever since then to this day, I haven’t stopped.
“It helped me in school, too. I stopped getting in trouble, because every time I would get in trouble at school my dad would say, like, ‘No more gym for you.’ I would have to be good at school so I could go to the gym.
“I had 165 amateur fights in the United States, and then I had about 25 in Mexico. I had 12 losses out of all of those fights. All of my fights were in the junior division – I did one fight in the open division, but I wasn’t ‘open’ yet. I fought one of the top guys. I was 16 and I believe he was like, 19 – that was my last amateur fight. I won the Junior Golden Gloves three times in a row and I won the National PALs. I won state and regional Junior Olympics, but I never went to the nationals because I’m a resident, not a citizen. In the National Silver Gloves, I lost in the finals twice. I was going to turn ‘open’ when I was 17, but that’s when I turned pro. I’ve been fighting at 147 since I was 15 years old.
“I wanted to make it to the 2012 Olympics – I was in Mexico City trying out for the Mexican team. I was over there for four months and I was the number-one guy at 140. Then I came back to Oklahoma to be with my family for two weeks and I got the call from Top Rank. I just decided to sign instead of going back.
“I’m naturally right-handed. I’m single, but I live with my girlfriend. We’ve been together since high school. It’s been six years.”…
From Fox Sports Southwest, by Andrew Gilman[Feb. 28, 2014 – excerpts]: At 15 years old, no one at his boxing gym wanted to fight him. At 17, he sparred with Manny Pacquiao.
Not a bout, but a sparring practice. His manager in Oklahoma City got Saucedo to Los Angeles to try and showcase him, putting Saucedo in the ring with another sparring partner, but Saucedo got seen by Pacquiao, too, and then got a chance to put the gloves on against him.
According to Saucedo, Pacquiao was impressed enough by Saucedo to tell Bob Arum, founder of Top Rank.
“You have to understand, us managers talk this way,” said [now former manager] Lou Mesorana, who arranged that original trip out to Los Angeles. “I tell you this, if he’s ever world champion, it was that gym workout that had something to do with it. Everyone there saw it. I’ve been a talent guy for more than 30 years. I saw he had something.”
“It was a great experience,” Saucedo said. Legendary trainer Freddie Roach, who has worked with Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya, was there and even gave Saucedo some pointers.
A unique experience. A huge break.
And then Saucedo got signed – the first Oklahoman to sign with Top Rank.
Saucedo went to high school at Capitol Hill in Oklahoma City’s south side. “I’m from Mexico, but I love it here.”
“You have a plan, and when he’s ready, I think Alex has the potential to be the best fighter to come out of Oklahoma,” Mesorana said. “If everything goes right, he’ll really be breaking into something. I think he has the ability and he has the potential.” [End Gilman item]