At the age of 24, Alex is a seven-year pro – he made his debut at 17. A 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 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, three times in 2017, and three times in 2018.
Alex also stepped up in class of opposition in several fights and gave impressive performances.
In his last fight on November 16 in Oklahoma City, he challenged WBO junior welterweight world champion Maurice Hooker, but lost by seventh-round TKO.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Maurice Hooker, in the hometown of mandatory challenger Alex Saucedo, survived a hard knockdown in the second round and came back to stop Saucedo in the seventh of a wild, action-packed fight as he retained his 140-pound belt for the first time before 4,102 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Saucedo, who grew up around the corner from Chesapeake Energy Arena and still calls the city home, was bidding to join former 1980s lightweight world titleholder Sean O’Grady – who was ringside – as the only fighters from Oklahoma City to win a world title. But Hooker snuffed out that dream in punishing style….
There was no feeling-out process at the opening bell. Instead, Hooker and Saucedo went right at each other, with Hooker, who had a significant reach advantage, firing his jab and Saucedo looking to get inside and pound away.
The action continued at a wild pace in the second round, but Saucedo dominated. He nailed Hooker with a right hand to the head and knocked him down. Hooker got up quickly, but he was hurt and Saucedo pounded him for most of the rest of the round, giving him a bloody nose. After the knockdown, Saucedo twisted Hooker’s head back with a right hand and landed a hard uppercut.
Hooker seemed to have shaken off the knockdown by the third round. He began to get in a groove with his long jab while also landing right hands and short punches inside as Saucedo bore in on him. Saucedo trapped Hooker on the ropes and kept him there for most of the fifth round and let his hands fly to the head and body. Hooker was covering up, but Saucedo was finding openings and landing his punches until he mounted an offensive burst in the final few seconds of the round to knock Saucedo off balance.
Hooker had another strong round in the sixth, hammering Saucedo with many clean punches. By the time the round was over, Saucedo’s left eye was swelling and his face was marked up.
Hooker did not let up in the seventh round and punished Saucedo with right hands that rocked him. One of them badly staggered Saucedo, who nearly went down but instead fell into the ropes, and referee Mark Nelson ruled it a knockdown because they held him up.
But as soon as Nelson waved the fighters together again, Hooker was all over Saucedo. He lashed him with a series of clean punches that sent him into ropes on the other side of the ring until Nelson stopped the fight at 1 minute, 26 seconds, sending what had been an intense, raucous crowd into near silence. [End Rafael item]
In his post-fight interview, Alex said, “The cuts were bothering me. I couldn’t see out of my left eye, and that’s when he caught me. He’s a champion for a reason.
“Now I’m going to rest, enjoy my family, and come back stronger. I gave it my very best in the ring.”
In earlier interviews, Alex said, “Abel Sanchez has been my trainer since November, 2016 – it’s been six 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 and we have a five-year-old daughter, Nicole. [dob: May 7, 2103] She’s going to kindergarten now. We also have a little boy on the way, too – February 4th is the due date. Nobody knows that yet. I just started telling people about it.”…
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]…
2009 RINGSIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Kansas City, Missouri, 141 pounds/15-16 yr. division – GOLD MEDALIST [incomplete results]: in the finals he defeated Dylan Mason of White Bear Lake, Minn….
STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style, good skills and movement…physically strong, has good punching power…had a strong amateur background…
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 29 fights…117 total rounds…7 world championship rounds…
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4 rounds…
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: of total fights – 62 %…of wins – 64 %…
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 0…10 rounds – 0…8 rounds – 4 (4-0)…7 rounds – 3 (2-1)…