Alex Saucedo vs Sonny Fredrickson
Alex Saucedo continued his path back to a world title as he took down a game Sonny Fredrickson. Their contest headlined at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight.
The matchup between the two was thought to be a fast paced back and forth contest, and it did not disappoint as both men came out firing. Saucedo though, was more aggressive than his man and seemed to edge every round.
In the end, the judges viewed it the same as Saucedo left with the unanimous decision victory.
Josue Vargas vs Salvador Briceno
Super lightweight contender Josue Vargas (17-1, 9 KOs) may have had an easy time inside of the ring against Salvador Briceno (17-6, 11 KOs) but it was a difficult night for him outside of it.
Before his co main event against Briceno, the father of Vargas was unable to corner his son’s fight due to him breaking the rules of leaving the bubble. Vargas was emotional during an interview discussing his upcoming contest, but he managed to get past his issues and cruised to a unanimous decision victory against Briceno.
It was nearly a clean sweep as Briceno was awarded only one round on the night. The final scorecards were as followed 99-91 while the remaining two judges gave every single round to Vargas via 100-90.
John Bauza vs Lawrence Fryers
Win number 14 for came easily for John Bauza as he took on Lawrence Fryers at the MGM Grand Conference Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was the classic case of brawler vs boxer, and on the night, the boxer in Bauza took home the win. There were difficult moments for the undefeated Bauza though, who withstood the pressure of his man all night long. Fryers did have his moments throughout the contest. He was able to push his man back and land good shots inside. Those shots to the midsection did little to bother Bauza on the night.
After eight full rounds, Bauza cruised to a unanimous decision victory.
Donte Stubbs vs Isiah Jones
Donte Stubbs (6-1, 2 KOs) had a difficult night at the office against Isiah Jones (9-2, 3 KOs). The two kicked off Top Rank on ESPN tonight.
Jones started off fast during the contest. His jab landed with consistency and constantly pushed his man. But as the matchup continued, the forward pressure of Stubbs began to wear on him. Stubbs fought off his back for the second half of the contest but he proved that he was just as comfortable doing just that.
Stubbs simply could not get his offense going and his undefeated record paid the price. The final scorecards for the contest read 57-57, 58-56, 59-55 all in favor of Jones.
By: Hans Themistode
Covered up faces took center stage during Top Rank’s weigh-in.
Due to COVID-19 face masks and shoe coverings have become the new norm in boxing.
Face to face stare downs have been replaced with social distancing, while post weigh-in Q and A’s are no more.
Alex Saucedo and Sonny Fredrickson safely made the weight for their main event on ESPN tonight. Both fighters have plenty on the line in this one.
Alex Saucedo was given high praise by his promoter Bob Arum. He tabbed him as not only a great fighter but also a future world champion several years ago. The former seemed to be true as Saucedo reeled off 28 straight victories. But the latter is still to be determined after a failed championship attempt in November of 2018.
On the night, Saucedo took on then WBO super lightweight titlist Maurice Hooker. Arum could see his championship prediction coming to life as he floored the champion in the second round. Yet, to the credit of Hooker, he picked himself up off the canvas and proceeded to place Saucedo on the mat. Shortly after, the match was over via seventh round stoppage and Arum’s championship dreams for his fighter went up in smoke.
Now, nearly two years, Saucedo has a chance to continue his comeback story. He got back on track with a first round stoppage over Rod Salka in November of 2019. He’ll look to follow that up against Sonny Fredrickson tonight at the MGM Grand Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fresh off a majority decision loss against fringe contender Samuel Teah, Fredrickson needs a big win of his own.
There is plenty on the line for both men. The winner of the main event places themselves on the short list of a title shot in the not so distant future. The loser on the other hand, falls behind the pack and is likely forgotten.
For the entire card, check out the weigh-in results below. The action kicks off at 8 PM ET on ESPN.
Alex Saucedo 140.8 pounds (29-1, 19 KOs) vs Sonny Fredrickson 140.9 pounds (21-2, 14 KOs)
Josue Vargas 140.5 pounds (16-1, 9 KOs) vs Salvador Briceno 138.2 pounds (17-5, 11 KOs)
John Bauza 139.3 pounds (13-0, 5 KOs) vs Larry Fryers 138.9 pounds (11-2, 4 KOs)
Donte Stubbs 160.2 pounds (6-0, 2 KOs) vs Isiah Jones 159.3 pounds (8-2, 3 KOs)