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‘I Do This For My Family’

*BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIA (**March** 1, 2018)* – *ALEX ‘El Cholo’
SAUCEDO* (26-0,
16 KOs) is closing in on a junior welterweight title shot. It’s only a
matter of time, he believes. He trains here at trainer Abel Sanchez’s
Summit Gym, alongside some of the world’s best fighters, a firm believer in
the phrase, “Iron sharpens iron.”

Saucedo is preparing to face ABNER LOPEZ (25-8, 21 KOs), *Saturday, March
10*, at the StubHub* Center* in Carson, California, on the *Oscar Valdez
vs. Scott Quigg* undercard. The Saucedo vs. Lopez bout will stream live on
the *ESPN *App, with undercard coverage beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

As his title shot approaches, Saucedo enjoys Big Bear’s solitude and the
access to elite sparring at the Summit Gym.

“This is my second winter in Big Bear. This is my home,” Saucedo said. “The
other fighters that train here are like family. Everyone gets along. It’s a
great environment, and it motivates me to train and work hard.”

Saucedo, ranked No 3 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) at 140 pounds,
last fought on November 11, 2017, in Fresno, California, overcoming a cut
left eye to knock out Gustavo Vittori in the third round. Soon after the
bout, the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, native returned to Sanchez’s gym.

“Abel and I are getting along very well, and we are ready to do big things
together,” Saucedo said. “I do this for my family, and I really believe
that coming up here to train has made me a better fighter. Being away from
my daughter and my family for so many weeks it’s a big sacrifice, but I’m
willing to make the sacrifice to achieve my dream of becoming a world
champion.”

And, on March 10, Saucedo, who holds the NABO and NABA regional titles,
will have a special guest making her ringside debut.

“This will be my daughter’s first time watching me fight live,” added
Saucedo. “After my last fight, I brought belts home, and as soon as I got
home, she told me, ‘You need to get all the belts, daddy.’ That was very
motivating for me, and I’m going to do just that for her.”

Promoted by *Top Rank*, in association with *Matchroom Boxing*, remaining
tickets for the Valdez vs. Quigg world championship event are priced at
$206, $104, $53 and 27.50, including facility fees, and can be purchased
online at *AXS.com*, by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub
Center box office.

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