BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing)
Veteran Fernando David Saucedo at times dominated his 10-round affair against Leandro Mendes Pinto en route to an unanimous decision to claim the WBC Latino lightweight title Friday at the Club Social y Deportivo Nahuel, Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The judges saw it 97-93, 97-93 and 98-92 for the grizzled veteran.
Saucedo (54-6-3, 8ko’s) came in as the top-ranked super featherweight from Argentina and looked like it, dictating the action from the start. He was fresh off a win against Sergio Mauricio Gill in December. Prior to that he dropped a 12-round unanimous decision to Rances Barthelemy for the IBF World super featherweight title at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut in October of 2014.
In that bout he looked timid, but Friday night he controlled the action and the pace throughout and showed at 33-years-old, he still has some boxing left in the tank. He was able to wear down Pinto with body shots.
Pinto (16-6-2, 7ko’s) was trying to shake off his last defeat, which was a second-round TKO against Bradley Skeete in London back in September. He was unable to answer Saucedo for most of the night. However, he did have some brief moments before dropping another fight.
He has lost three of four and now seven of eight. However, he will have some quick turnaround as he is tentatively scheduled to take on Claudinei Lacerda in April in Brazil.