Alex Saucedo, the pride of Oklahama City, successfully protected his unbeaten slate of 27-0 in front of his home crowd against an equally dangerous challenger in Lenny Zappavigna.
El Cholo is still undefeated.
With an immaculate record, Saucedo was clearly the heavy favorite to win the match. Although he ended up as the eventual winner, he had to pass through the proverbial eye of the needle to clinch the victory.
Much to the delight of the crowd, Saucedo and Zappavigna went on an all out slugfest, which saw the bloodiest and most brutal boxing fight in the recent years if not in the sports history.
At the opening salvo, the two fighters started exchanging heavy punches. Saucedo had a slight upperhand, giving Zappavigna a major cut in the second round and the knock down in the third.
Just when everyone thought Saucedo was on his way to an easy victory, Zappavigna, already bleeding heavily, came up with a major counter of his own. Then came round 4 where the unexpected battle of attrition happened.
The challenger gave his younger opponent a solid left hook-right hand combo. The attack resulted to another spurt of blood, this time from Saucedo’s face.
Zappavigna could have won the fight on that fourth round blitz but Saucedo showed the champion heart in him. He turned the table against his challenger and delivered brutal blows on the Australian boxer.
As Zappavigna’s eyes became severely damaged, Saucedo took advantage and went on to finish him in the seventh round. His left eye was swollen while the right had a huge cut above.
This prompted Lenny’s corner to stop the fight as he had seen enough.
When the smoke cleared, Saucedo recorded 254 successful punches from 542 attempts for an efficiency of 47%. Meanwhile, Zappavigna landed only 143 out of 506 attempts for a success rate of just 28%.
The undefeated boxer will have a shot for WBO title against Maurice Hooker. At 30 years old, Zappavigna, meanwhile, has called it quits and will hang up his gloves.
You can watch the bloody and exciting round 4 of the Saucedo-Zappavigna fight in the video below: