José Benavidez

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José Benavidez, Jr.
Real name José Luis Benavidez, Jr.
Rated at Welterweight
Light Welterweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Reach 74 in (189 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1992-05-15) May 15, 1992 (age 22)
Panorama City, California
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 21
Wins 21
Wins by KO 15
Losses 0
Draws 0
No contests 0

José Luis Benavidez, Jr. (born May 15, 1992 in Panorama City, California) is an undefeated Mexican-American professional boxer in the Light Welterweight division. He is the son of boxing trainer José Benavidez, Sr. of Arcelia, Guerrero, Mexico.[1]

Early life[edit]

Benavidez was born in Panorama City, California.

Amateur career[edit]

Benavidez Jr. was an eleven time national champion, which include the Silver Gloves twice, qualifying for the Junior Olympics and earning a spot on the U.S. National Team,[2] en route to a gaudy 120-5 amateur record.[3] Benavidez is Also the 2009 National Golden Gloves Champion in the light welterweight division, Making him the youngest ever Golden Gloves Champion at only sixteen years old.[4] He then reached the USA Boxing National Championship's title fight in Denver by beating the 2010 National Golden Gloves Champion Gary Allen Russell.[5] He would lose the final on points 11-9 to Frankie Gómez.[6][7]

Sparring Partners[edit]

Some of the boxers Jose has sparred with are world champions. 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao,[8] WBA Light Welterweight champion Amir Khan, WBO Light Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley, WBO NABO Light middleweight Champion Shawn Porter, and former IBF Light middleweight champion Yori Boy Campas.[9]

Professional career[edit]

José is considered a Boxing Prodigy and one of the sport's future stars. He also has drawn Comparisons to Floyd Mayweather, Jr.[10] Benavidez signed a multi-year promotional deal with Bob Arum's Top Rank. Which was remarkable for someone without Olympic experience or a single pro bout under his belt.[11]

He moved from Phoenix to the Wild Card Gym to be trained by Freddie Roach. five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach,[12] Roach, who also trains Manny Pacquiao and several other notable fighters, has been quoted as calling Benavidez Jr. his best prospect.[13]

His pro debut was highly anticipated because at seventeen years old he was approved for a license by the Nevada Athletic Commission, He went on to Defeat Steven Cox by First Round TKO.[14] A fight scheduled for July 17, 2010 in Arizona by Top Rank was Cancelled due to Sponsors like Tecate and TV Azteca pulling out over Arizona's new immigration law.[15] In his fight with Ronnie Peterson, Benavidez and his corner would wear shirts that had SB1070 crossed out.[16]

In August 2012, Benavidez knocked out the undefeated Javier Loya at the Texas Station in North Las Vegas, Nevada. This bout was televised on a TeleFutura boxing card.[17]

In 2014, he remains active winning 3 more bouts. [18]

Professional record[edit]

18 Wins (14 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 18-0-0 Mexico Abraham Álvarez TKO 2 (1:12) 11-16-2013 NevadaAvi Resort & Casino, Laughlin, Nevada
Win 17-0-0 Mexico Pavel Míranda UD 8 (8) 10-13-2012 California The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 16-0-0 United States Javier Loya TKO 4 (1:41) 7-21-2011 NevadaTexas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 15-0-0 United States Josh Sosa UD 6 (6) 5-26-2011 ArizonaCasino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona
Win 14-0-0 Puerto Rico Samuel Santana UD 6 (6) 11-12-2011 NevadaMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 13-0-0 United States Dedrick Bell KO 1 (1:29) 09-17-2011 ArizonaBlueWater Resort & Casino, Parker, Arizona
Win 12-0-0 United States Corey Alarcon TKO 4 (1:02) 06-11-2011 ArizonaWild Horse Pass Casino, Chandler, Arizona
Win 11-0-0 United States James Hope TKO 5 (1:43) 05-07-2011 NevadaMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 10-0-0 United States Fernando Rodríguez UD 6 (6) 01-22-2011 NevadaTexas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9-0-0 United States Winston Mathis TKO 3 (2:23) 11-13-2010 TexasCowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Win 8-0-0 United States Manuel Delcid TKO 2 (0:41) 09-11-2010 NevadaPalms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7-0-0 United States Josh Beeman TKO 1 (1:20) 06-26-2010 TexasAlamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Win 6-0-0 United States Ronnie Peterson TKO 1 (2:46) 05-29-2010 IllinoisUIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Win 5-0-0 Mexico Arnoldo Pacheco TKO 1 (1:43) 05-08-2010 MexicoLa Feria de San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Mexico
Win 4-0-0 Canada Scott Paul TKO 2 (1:30) 04-10-2010 NevadaHard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3-0-0 United States Bobby Hill TKO 3 (2:59) 03-12-2010 TexasGaylord Hotel, Grapevine, Texas
Win 2-0-0 United States John Michael Vega TKO 1 (1:07) 02-14-2010 NevadaLas Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 1-0-0 United States Steven Cox TKO 1 (1:21) 01-16-2010 NevadaHard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Professional debut for Benavidez


  1. ^ Mier, Saul (2010-03-06). "Biography of Jose Benavidez jr.". Top Rank. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  2. ^ Seckbach, Elie (2010-06-19). "Benavidez compared to Emmanuel Pacquiao". Fan House. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  3. ^ Escobedo, Juan (2010-03-06). "Jose's Record during his Amateur Career". Box Rec. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  4. ^ Maquiñana, Ryan (2009-12-15). "Youngest Ever Golden Gloves Champion". Max Boxing. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Video of Benavidez vs. Gary Russell". Youtube. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2010-07-09.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  6. ^ Domingo, Odeen (2009-07-04). "2012 Olympic Hopeful". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  7. ^ "Video of Benavidez vs. Frankie Gómez". Youtube. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-07-04.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ Duffner, Jim (2010-04-29). "Video of Benavidez sparring Pacquiao". Youtube. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  9. ^ Maquiñana, Ryan (2009-12-22). "Pros Spar with Benavidez". Personal Website. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  10. ^ Brewer, Ray (2010-01-15). "Benavidez compared to Floyd Mayweather". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  11. ^ Farina, Chris (2010-06-19). "Signed to Top Rank". Top Rank Boxing. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  12. ^ Seckbach, Elie (2010-02-16). "Benavidez is Freddie's best Prospect". Fan House. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  13. ^ Haus, Brick (2010-01-18). "Benavidez the Best Young Prospect in Boxing". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  14. ^ Bowen, Justin (2010-01-23). "Jose's Pro Debut". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  15. ^ Frauenheim, Norm (2010-05-27). "Arizona Law Stops Benavidez". 15 Rounds. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  16. ^ Maquiñana, Ryan (2010-05-27). "Crossed Out "SB1070"". Max Boxing. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
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