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March 12, 2018

POST-FIGHT INTERVIEW: ALEX SAUCEDO
By G. Leon

Greg Leon: Congrats on your victory. Can you give us some thoughts on your seventh-round stoppage of Abner Lopez [25-9]? 

Alex Saucedo: "Thank you. I think we some good rounds in. The guy was a tough, experienced guy like we knew he would be. It took me about three rounds to start getting into the fight a little bit, but I figured him out and made some changes. I listened to what my corner told me and we started making the right adjustments. We ended up with a vicious left hook to the body and it came out well, that's a punch that we've been working on so to see it happen in the fight it was a good outcome."

GL: Do you consider that the best knockout of your career?

AS: "It's definitely one of them, but the guy was tough and I was able to get him out of there with a really great shot. I've been looking at the fight over and over and there's things that we need to work on, but it was a really good shot."

GL: What kind of things do you feel you need to work on moving forward?

AS: "Just start working a little better in the beginning of the rounds. Just more head movements and a couple of other things like that. I felt like I got going in the fourth or fifth round. I think that's when I first hurt him. I feel like he started to wear down after that and then we got him with a great shot."

GL: The junior welterweight division is wide open right now. Where do you go from here? Who's next? Who do you want next?

AS: "It doesn't matter to me. I'm ranked highly by several organizations and now you've got Mikey Garcia up here so it's great because there's a lot of good fights out there for me. Now we're going to leave it to my company to deliver the biggest and best fights they can get me. I'll be ready."

GL: How many stitches did you need?

AS: "Three."

GL: When are you expecting your next fight to take place?

AS: "As soon as possible, but the cut definitely pushes it back a little bit. I was hoping to come right back, but the  cut changes that. We just got to let this heal and then I'll be back in Big Bear working for that next date."

GL: Did you see the Garcia-Lipinets fight [Mikey Garcia winning the IBF 140-pound title from Sergey Lipinets]?

AS: "I did."

GL: And what did you think?

AS: "I thought Mikey did well, I think it was a good fight it had some exciting moments, but I didn't think Lipinets did much to win."

GL: Who do you like in the WBC 140-pound title fight between Jose Carlos Ramirez and Amir Imam?

AS: "It's a tough fight for Ramirez. Amir is a good boxer and a good fighter. Hopefully I can get the winner out of that one too, that's definitely something I'd be interested in."

GL: Closing thoughts?

AS: "Thank you for the interview. I appreciate everyone who has always been supporting, there's great things coming. I'm going to keep giving you guys good fights and continue to establish myself as the best in the 140 pound division."

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