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Alex Saucedo vs Sonny Fredrickson targeted for June 30 ESPN main event

The two were booked to fight on the April 25th Naoya Inoue-John Riel Casimero undercard

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Mike Coppinger reports that super lightweights Alex Saucedo and Sonny Fredrickson, originally scheduled to fight on the April 25th Naoya Inoue-John Riel Casimero undercard, “have agreed to terms” to headline a June 30th ESPN card in Las Vegas. Said card’s existence is dependent on the Nevada State Athletic Commission giving the go-ahead in their meeting next week, but that seems like a safe bet.

Saucedo (29-1, 19 KO) gave us two terrific wars in 2018, out-slugging Lenny Zappavigna and dropping Maurice Hooker in a losing effort five months later. He sat out for nearly a year afterwards, splitting with trainer Abel Sanchez in the process, before gut-checking Rod Salka in the first round.

I wonder if Salka’s regretting those shorts after getting mauled by two Mexican-born fighters in a row.

Fredrickson (21-2, 14 KO), meanwhile, suffered his first pro loss at the hands of prospect Shohjahon Ergashev in 2018, bounced back with a trio of wins, and then dropped a majority decision to Samuel Teah last November. He’s the clear B-side here.

This is nobody’s idea of a blockbuster, but beggars can’t be choosers and Saucedo tends to put on show, so I’ll keep the quibbling to a minimum.

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