Top Rank Boxing – Bob Arum, Tuesday night promoted at the MGM Grand “Bubble” in Las Vegas, Nevada, Alex Saucedo and Josue Vargas won in separate ten round bouts.
Super Lightweight Mexican Alex Saucedo, 30-1 (19), #140 1/2, of Oklahoma City, OK, defeated Sonny “Pretty Boy” Frederickson, 21-3 (14), 140 3/4, of Toledo, OH, over 10 rounds.
In the first round Saucedo completely outworked Frederickson. He hurt his opponent in the final thirty seconds with a straight right to the head. In the second and third rounds the taller Frederickson tried using a jab to hold off the oncoming Saucedo’s two fisted assault with no success. In the fourth round Frederickson had his moments in the first minute finally using his right rocking Saucedo with a right uppercut on the chin.
In the fifth round Saucedo had Frederickson pinned against the ropes with punches in bunches. The final ten seconds both fighters let it all hang out! In the sixth round Saucedo had Frederickson against the ropes for the most part of the round punching him almost at will.
In the seventh round Frederickson did well in the middle of the ring but would back against the ropes and take a beating. In the eighth round Frederickson stayed in the middle of the ring, not on the ropes and did well in some heated exchanges. In the ninth round it was a big one for Saucedo who had never gone past eight in his career.
In the tenth and final round Frederickson knowing he needed a knockout became more active but Saucedo was right there driving him to the ropes. At the halfway point Frederickson rocked Saucedo with a right to the chin but Saucedo returned with four punches to the chin. Saucedo simply had too much firepower for Frederickson in this one.
Scores were Dave Moretti 100-90, Max DeLuca 99-91, Patricia Morse Jarman 98-92 as did this writer have it.
“I felt good in there tonight. I think I am ready for another title fight. We had a great camp and want to thank my coaches,” said Saucedo.
Super Lightweight southpaw Puerto Rico’s Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas, 17-1 (9), #140 1/2, the Bronx, NY, easily defeated Salvador “Bufon” Briceno, 17-6 (11), #138 ¼, Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX, over 10 rounds.
In the first round the plodding Briceno was outworked by Vargas who countered out of a crouch and with much more movement. In the second round Vargas countered with a 3-punch combination continuing to out punch Briceno. Vargas used good uppercuts. In the fourth round Vargas went more to the body of the taller Briceno. Later it was revealed Vargas has teeth knocked out by Briceno.
In the fifth round Vargas without his father-trainer had Chino Rivas, who has trained two world champions advising him well from the corner. It was a big round for Vargas. In the sixth round Vargas suffered a small cut over his left eye due to a missed Vargas uppercut. It took referee Hoyle a minute to check the damage.
In the ninth round Briceno suffered a cut along his left eyebrow from a Vargas right hook. In the tenth and final round Vargas seemed to have won every round completely outclassing Briceno.
Scores were De Luca 99-91 while Cheatham and Cheek 100-90 as did this writer.
“In the fourth round I got my teeth knocked out and then the head butt causing the cut. I am used to have my father in the corner but having coach Chino in the corner was a blessing,” said Vargas. Raul “Chino”
Rivas was in the corner of Vargas for the first time.
Super Lightweight southpaw Puerto Rico’s John “El Terrible” Bauza, 14-0 (5), of North Bergen, NJ, defeated “Lethal” Larry Fryers, 11-3 (4), #138 ¾, of Ireland and New York, NY, over 8 rounds.
In the first round Fryers was the aggressor as southpaw Bauza countered well. In the second round as they got tied up Fryers landed more punches to the body. In the third round Bauza landed several solid punches to the head of Fryers at the start of the round. The round was a close one.
In the fourth round Fryers drove Bauza into the ropes with a flurry of punches. Fryers seemed to even things. In the fifth round Bauza landed a pair of left’s to the chin of Fryers halfway through the round. Fryers came back getting the better of the two inside. In the sixth round Fryers came in and would get tied up by Bauza. Bauza used his jab effectively.
In the seventh round after a minute, Fryers got in his best punch of the night a lead right on the chin of Bauza. It was another close round. In the eighth and final round Bauza landed a rare left to the mid-section of Fryer. Fryer, the underdog, kept things even for the most part. Tony Weeks was the referee.
Scores are Patricia Morse Jarman 79-73, Adalaide Byrd and Dave Moretti 80-72 with this writer having it 77-75.
Middleweight Donte “Alexander the Great” Stubbs, 6-1 (2), #160 ¼”, of Riverside, CA, lost a majority decision to Isiah Jones, 9-2 (3) # 159 ¼, of Detroit, MI, over 6 rounds.
In the first round Stubbs forced the action as Jones countered with an occasional left hook to the head. In the second round Jones boxed well, having come off a pair of losses, the last several weeks ago. In the fourth round the pattern continued but Jones finished the final seconds with a solid right on the chin of Stubbs.
In the fifth round Jones opened up with a 3-punch combination to the body and head of Stubbs. Jones used an effective jab and countered the Stubbs overhand right misses with left hooks. In the sixth and final round Jones used good body work which Stubbs rarely did. Robert Hoyle was the referee.
Scores were Byrd 58-56, Cheatham 57-57 and Cheeks 59-55 with this writer 58-56.