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 has broken into the Top 10 world rankings. Before his debut, he was an amateur standout in the junior division – he turned pro before he was old enough to compete in the “open” amateur division.
Alex 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.
He also stepped up in class of opposition and gave impressive performances.
In his last fight on November 11 in Fresno, California, Alex won by third-round knockout against Gustavo Vittori.
It was his fourth fight working with trainer with Abel Sanchez at Sanchez’ Summit Gym in Big Bear Lake, California.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Alex Saucedo suffered a bloody cut over his left eye from an accidental head butt in the second round but came back in the third round and blasted out Gustavo Vittori, of Argentina, with three knockdowns.
After the second round, Saucedo calmly listened to trainer Abel Sanchez as he worked on the cut and then hammered Vittori in the third round, dropping him three times with his left hook. The first knockdown sent him to a knee seconds into the round. Moments later, Vittori went down again to a knee. And when the fight resumed, Saucedo connected with yet another left hand to the head that dropped him hard and [the] referee immediately waved it off at 1 minute, 16 seconds. [End Rafael item
In an earlier interview, Alex said, “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. 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 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.”…
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.
Saucedo played soccer until he was 9, but one day, his dad brought him to a boxing gym. “He asked me if I wanted to do something else,” Saucedo said. “I guess I just liked it more.”
So much more, Saucedo went on to win more than 150 fights as an amateur. He was well on his way to becoming an Olympic fighter from Mexico when he got in the ring with 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 and CEO of Top Rank, a professional boxing promotion company out of Las Vegas.
“You have to understand, us managers talk this way,” said 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.
He’s never been knocked out, never been knocked down. “Never touched the canvas,” Saucedo said.
“I train, go to the gym three times a day, that’s what I do now,” said Saucedo, who 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. “I think he has the potential to take over Oklahoma. 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]