At the age of 22, Alex is a five-year pro – he made his debut at 17. A rising young contender at 140 pounds, he is a former amateur standout in the junior division. He turned pro before he was old enough to compete in the “open” 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, and three times in 2016.
He also stepped up in class of opposition and gave impressive performances.
In his last fight on May 26 in Chicago, he won an eight-round unanimous decision against Wilberth Lopez.
Fightnews.com’s Craig Wick reported from ringside [excerpts]: Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo kept his undefeated streak rolling with an eight-round decision win over talented, but outgunned, Wilberth Lopez.
Saucedo stalked Lopez throughout, frequently landing shots that would have rendered lesser fighters horizontal. Lopez, however, doesn’t get stopped and provided enough movement and return fire from his southpaw stance to occasionally make things interesting.
One knockdown in the fight, late in the first, courtesy of a bullet right hand to the chin delivered by Saucedo. At the conclusion, all three judges saw it for “El Cholo,” 77-74 and 78-73 twice. [End Wick item]
It was Alex’s third fight working with trainer with Abel Sanchez at Sanchez’ Summit Gym in Big Bear Lake, California.
After the fight, Alex said, “Lopez was an opponent that came to fight, but we made it work and we got the victory. These are the kind of fights that will make me better….”
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.”