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March 17, 2017

By G. Leon

GL: How is everything going in preparation for you St. Patrick's day bout with Johnny Garcia? It's going very well, we've been up in big bear for five weeks and we're picking up where we left off in the last fight. I'm correcting everything I did wrong and going through everything step by step. GL: How do you feel about fighting at the Garden on Michael Conlan's debut card? I'm very excited! This is my first time out there, I'm looking forward to putting on a show for all of the New York fans and all of the fans around the world.

GL: What do you know about Garcia? What are your thoughts of him as a fighter?

Alex Saucedo: "He's a great fighter. He comes forward a lot, he's aggressive and we know he's got power because he's put down his last three opponents. He has experience, he's been there and done that before. We have to be careful and go in there smart."

GL: Do you see the fight with Garcia going the distance?

AS: "I don't know. I'm very prepared though, all of this week I've been looking good and feeling strong, I'm ready to go out there and do my best out there round by round and I know this is going to be a very tough fight for him."

GL: This is going to be another eight round fight. Your only scheduled ten round fight was over in a few rounds because you ended the night early, when do you plan to step it up to the ten round level?

AS: "Hopefully after this one. Hopefully everything comes out good, in training camp we're sparring nine or ten four minute rounds, so I think I'm ready. But let's get this fight out of the way and see what happens."

GL: You're 23-0, you're on the right track and you're rolling, but what part of your game do you feel needs the most sharpening?

AS: "I think my movement, a little more defense. Of course I'm aggressive, I'm a Mexican fighter and I love to come forward, but we've been working a lot on moving my head and not staying straight up. We've been working on a lot of different things, the last camp we had more time than this time, but everything is going according to our plan."

GL: What will the weight be for this fight?

AS: "143."

GL: You've been fighting as low as 141 and as high as 146. What division do you plan to challenge for your first world title at?

AS: "I would like to challenge for it at 140, that's why I'm doing this move down to 142-143. I want to see how I feel closer to 140 and see how it all plays out and I'm looking forward to the future."

GL: What are your thoughts on the junior welterweight division? Is there anybody that you have your eye on who you feel would be a fantastic fight for you to take your career to the next level against?

AS: "There's a lot of fights out there for me, there's Crawford and all those guys, but I have to see how I come out of this fight. We need to look at how I'm improving, but I think I'm ready for the big names and more challenging fights."

GL: Do you consider Garcia a step up from your last opponent?

AS: "He's a step up because he's got a better record than my last opponent and he's a Mexican fighter who comes forward a lot. We're going to have a lot of work with him."

GL: What do you consider your biggest advantage coming into this fight?

AS: "I know how to use my distance and I'm a warrior. I know how to come forward the right way and the way I'm training right now in this altitude, it makes a difference. Like I said, I'm looking forward to putting on a show on March 17 and showing everyone how hard I've been working up here."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

AS: "I'm really looking forward to fighting at Madison Square Garden, I want to thank all of the fans for their support and I'm looking forward to big things."

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