Saucedo def. Fredrickson by unanimous decision

Boxing

Alex Saucedo scored a hard-earned decision junior welterweight victory over Sonny Fredrickson in the main event of Top Rank’s card Tuesday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Saucedo set a quick pace from the start and constantly let both hands go, throwing 301 more punches than Fredrickson over the duration of the bout. Saucedo landed 146 more punches than his opponent and won by a wide margin on the cards, with the judges scoring it 100-90, 98-92 and 99-91.

The hard-hitting Saucedo (30-1, 19 KOs) is now under the helm of new trainer Pedro Neme, and it was evident to see the changes that have been implemented. There was more head movement, better usage of the jab and stronger defense.

After getting shaken in the first round from an overhand right, it looked like Fredrickson (21-3, 14) wouldn’t last long. But he gathered himself and had his moments, connecting time and time again in between Saucedo’s flurry of punches. Fredrickson put up a strong effort but he was simply overwhelmed by the pressure and volume of his opponent.

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