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OKC boxer Alex Saucedo retires after suffering two brain bleeds during loss to Arnold Barboza: 'I'm glad to be alive'

Alex Saucedo's boxing career is over.

The Oklahoma City boxer is retiring after sustaining two brain bleeds during his fight against Arnold Barboza on Oct. 17.

The news, first reported by ESPN's Mark Kriegel, has been confirmed by The Oklahoman.

Saucedo and Barboza went a full 10 rounds two weeks ago with Barboza winning by unanimous decision. The bout was hard hitting with both boxers delivering and taking punishing blows, and while Saucedo became known during his career for landing and absorbing lots of hard hits, it may well have been a head butt that caused the junior welterweight's career-ending injuries.

Saucedo and Barboza took hits in the first round, and Saucedo told Kriegel that he didn’t feel right after that.

Saucedo was taken to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas after the bout where doctors detected bleeds on his brain that were 6 millimeters and 10 millimeters. He spent three nights in the hospital.

“My career is done,” Saucedo told Kriegel. “But I’m glad to be alive.”

The last two years have been a roller coaster for Saucedo. He fought for the WBO junior welterweight title in late 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, only a few miles from his home and his gym on the southside of Oklahoma City. He lost to Maurice Hooker in a seventh-round technical knockout.

Saucedo told The Oklahoman he battled dark days after that loss, but eventually, he started working his way back. He changed managers and won a couple fights before landing a co-main event fight with the up-and-coming Barboza.

The winner of their bout was expected to be a front-runner for a championship fight sometime next year.

Saucedo, 26, finishes his pro career with a 30-2 record, including 19 knockouts.

Related Photos
<strong>Alex Saucedo makes his way to the ring before the WBO junior welterweight world title bout between Maurice Hooker and Saucedo at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</strong>

Alex Saucedo makes his way to the ring before the WBO junior welterweight world title bout between Maurice Hooker and Saucedo at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›

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