Saul Rodriguez and Alex Saucedo to be featured on UniMas
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Two unbeaten fighters face stiff opposition in their young careers on Saturday night, as lightweight Saul Rodriguez and welterweight Alex Saucedo will share the spotlight in separate eight-round bouts at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, Calif.
Rodriguez will fight fellow unbeaten Antonio Capulin, while Saucedo faces Jake Giuriceo. Both bouts will top a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card televised on UniMas, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/ PT.
Rodriguez (16-0-1, 13 knockouts) last fought on Jan. 17, knocking out once-beaten Carlos Rodriguez in the second round in Port Hueneme. He was scheduled to fight Jerry Nardo on March 14, but had to withdraw from the bout when he came down with a case of the chicken pox six weeks before the fight.
Originally from Riverside, Rodriguez splits time between his hometown and Oxnard, where he is trained by Robert Garcia.
Capulin (14-0, 6 KOs) last fought on Nov. 15, winning a one-sided, six-round, unanimous decision over journeyman Marteze Logan. Capulin, who has faced only one fighter with a winning record, will be fighting in his first scheduled eight-round bout on Saturday.
Saucedo (17-0, 12 KOs), who hails from Oklahoma City, is also one of Top Rank Promotions’ prized prospects. In his last bout on Feb. 7, Saucedo stopped Eduardo Flores in the third round.
Giuriceo (17-3-1, 4 KOs) should figure to be a decent test for the 20-year-old Saucedo. The Ohio native is coming off a one-sided, eight-round decision loss to junior welterweight contender Viktor Postol on April 11. After winning 16 out of 17 bouts since his pro debut (the one blemish being a draw in Dec. 2009), Giuriceo has lost three of his last four.
Six bouts will round out the Top Rank card, including light heavyweight Dmytro Kucher fighting Bobby Thomas Jr. in an eight round bout.
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Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since Oct. of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.