Live boxing is back! Don’t miss Saucedo vs. Fredrickson- TONIGHT at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT live on ESPN & ESPN Deportes – from the MGM Grand Conference Center – Grand Ballroom (Las Vegas)
(ESPN & ESPN Deportes, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)
• Alex Saucedo 140.8 lbs vs. Sonny Fredrickson 140.9 lbs
(Junior Welterweight — 10 Rounds)
• Josue Vargas 140.5 lbs vs. Salvador Briceno 138.2 lbs
(Junior Welterweight — 10 Rounds)
• John Bauza 139.3 lbs vs. Larry Fryers 138.9 lbs
(Junior Welterweight — 8 Rounds)
• Donte Stubbs 160.2 lbs vs. Isiah Jones 159.3 lbs
(Middleweight — 6 Rounds)
Week 4 of the Top Rank on ESPN summer series begins Tuesday, June 30 at the MGM Grand, when top junior welterweight contender Alex Saucedo faces Sonny Fredrickson in a 10-round showdown. Bob Arum: “Alex Saucedo is destined to be a world champion, but he has an incredibly tall task in Sonny Fredrickson. We have another great week in store at MGM Grand.”
June 30 – MGM Grand Conference Center – Grand Ballroom
Main Event – Alex Saucedo (29-1, 19 KOs) vs. Sonny Fredrickson (21-2, 14 KOs) – 10 Rounds, Junior Welterweight
Saucedo has fought only once — a first-round knockout over Rod Salka — since he was knocked out by Maurice Hooker in November 2018 in a bid for the WBO junior welterweight world title. The Oklahoma City product is entering his second fight with head trainer Pedro Neme and will move closer to a second world title opportunity with a victory over the 6-foot-1 Fredrickson. From Toledo, Ohio, Fredrickson is a former U.S. amateur standout who is hoping to re-establish his momentum following a majority decision defeat to Samuel Teah last November.
“I have gotten a lot of quality sparring during the last few months, and I believe that’s going to show on June 30,” Saucedo said. “We have done 130 rounds in this camp sparring three times a week. We were able to get some taller guys to prepare for what Sonny brings to the table. I’ve worked on the things I need to win this fight. I’m still the same aggressive fighter, but we put a lot more movement in there. I’ve gone back to basics.”
Junior welterweight prospect Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (16-1, 9 KOs) will seek to increase his winning streak to 11 when he faces the battle-hardened Salvador Briceno (17-5, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Vargas fought four times in 2019, including a win over Noel Murphy that earned him the IBF North American junior welterweight strap. Briceno is 4-2 in his last six fights, including competitive showings in decision losses to unbeaten prospects Gabriel Flores Jr. and Yomar Alamo.
Former U.S. amateur superstar Javier Martinez, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will make his professional debut against an opponent to be named in a six-rounder at middleweight. Martinez won the U.S. Olympic Trials at 165 pounds and was ranked number one in the nation at that weight, but after being named an alternate for the Olympic squad, he turned pro with Top Rank and noted manager Tim VanNewhouse.
Junior welterweight rising star John “El Terrible” Bauza (13-0, 5 KOs) will return from a nearly one-year layoff against the Irish-born, New York-based Larry Fryers (11-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
Unbeaten Cleveland native Fred Wilson Jr. (6-0-2, 2 KOs) will face Rance Ward (4-1-1, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder at junior middleweight.
In a six-round junior welterweight bout, Adrian Valdovinos (5-0-1, 4 KOs) will fight Gerardo Alvarez (2-2-2, 0 KOs).