Alex Saucedo: Welterweight prospect on the rise
By Daniel Hughes: I wrote earlier in the year about rising Oklahoma welterweight Mexican prospect Alex Saucedo (16-0 (11 KO’s) as a fighter to keep an eye out for as a long term prospect in the 147 lb division.
The Top Rank fighter has had five fight’s this calendar year and has recorded three stoppages and two points victories in four 6 round contests and one 8 round fight that ended in the second round. It has been a year of steady development for the exciting young Mexican fighter that first made his pro debut as a 17 year old. Alex is now 20 and has started to show a confidence and ring maturity beyond such a young age.
Saucedo to give some background on has certainly impressed many that have sparred with him. He sparred Manny Pacquiao as a 17 year old and impressed Pacquiao so much that he was recommended to Top Rank who he now fights under. Time will tell of course but boxing is about taking chances to impress and he certainly did in that regard that day. He is managed by Lou Mesorana who has high hopes for Saucedo and a long term plan. Experience of guiding young fighters to me is paramount. Work in the gym executed by performances in the ring with young fighters it is about honing what they do well and getting the correct matches that mirror that. Mesorana is well versed in that regard and has guided fighters like two-weight world champion Jesus Chavez. Saucedo has an experienced team behind him.
Saucedo is a come forward orthodox fighter. Mexican with aggressive style mandatory. He switches well from body to head and looks to dominate the center of the ring. I like the way he picks his body shots. Fighters often overlook the way of setting up attacks Saucedo has shown different variety in this aspect with either hand. The test’s to come will be when he is physically pushed back but to me he has shown enough to suggest he can box well off the back foot, picking openings. For Saucedo the next year 2015, I see for him as being moved up in class of opponent and contest length wise. Saucedo is a fighter that will be boxing again 17th January, California in an 8 round contest.
Boxing fans are always looking out for exciting fighters on the rise young, ambitious, unbeaten. To follow a fighters progress through 2015? Saucedo he ticks all those boxes.