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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Alex Saucedo's next bout delayed by Top Rank Boxing

Alex Saucedo will have to wait on his next bout.

The Oklahoma City boxer was scheduled to fight April 25 in Las Vegas, but Top Rank Boxing has hit the pause button on all its March and April events in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are monitoring the situation closely," Top Rank said in a statement, "and will reschedule the shows as soon as it's safe and reasonable to do so."

Saucedo was set to fight Sonny Fredrickson in a 10-round super lightweight bout at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Planned for broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN+, the main event of the card was WBA/IBF bantamweight world champion Naoya Inoue and WBO title holder Johnriel Casimero in a unification bout.

Now, the event's future will be determined at a later date.

"The health and safety of our fighters, staff and ESPN's incredible production team is the most important thing as we plan our next steps," Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said in a statement. "We look forward to the day when we can bring our loyal fans world-class boxing once again, but exercising caution is the most prudent thing to do at this moment."

Saucedo's bout would have been his second since losing a world-championship fight in his hometown on Nov. 16, 2018. He didn't fight again for almost a year, but on Nov. 2, Saucedo returned to the ring with a first-round knockout of Rod Salka. 

Saucedo (29-1, 19 knockouts) hopes to land another world-title bout, and his bout against Fredrickson (21-2, 14 KOs) may well lead to it. 

But that fight will have to wait for a date that has yet to be determined.

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