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Najera, Saucedo to fight in separate bouts on Saturday

Fighters Network
Undefeated lightweight Ivan Najera (15-0, 8 knockouts) of San Antonio said, “The world will see what I am all about” during Saturday’s main event against Robbie Cannon (14-10-2, 6 KOs) of Missouri on Top Rank Promotions’ Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card at the State Farm Arena. The bout will be televised nationally by UniMas.

“This is what working hard in the gym – and I sparred very hard rounds, over 60 of them – will mean for me when I go into the ring Saturday night,” said Najera.

“Fighting in the main event is exciting for me and my team. They call me ‘Bam Bam.’ A lot of people think I took that name from Brandon Rios
but I didn’t. I was a strong little kid while growing up and it was my parents who called me Bam Bam. I wore it on my trunks as an amateur. It just stuck with me.”

In the opening televised bout, welterweight Alex Saucedo (16-0, 11 KOs) of Oklahoma City will face Eduardo Flores (19-16-3, 13 KOs) of Ecuador.

Saucedo will be in his first fight under trainer Ronnie Shields of Houston.

“Alex knows how to fight. He sits down on his punches very well. He hits hard,” said Shields. “When he first came to the gym, I watched him spar. He was patient and I encouraged him to be more busy, to let his hands go. He’s a young exciting fighter.”