José Benavidez

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José Benavidez, Jr.
Real name José Luis Benavidez, Jr.
Rated at Welterweight
Light welterweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (179 cm)
Reach 74 in (189 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1992-05-15) May 15, 1992 (age 25)
Panorama City, California, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 25
Wins 25
Wins by KO 16
Losses 0
Draws 0

José Luis Benavidez, Jr. (born May 15, 1992) is a Mexican-American professional boxer, currently undefeated and fighting at light welterweight. 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, former IBF Welterweight 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 in Los Angeles to be trained by Freddie Roach, five-time Trainer of the Year, who also trains Manny Pacquiao and several other notable fighters. Roach has been quoted as calling Benavidez Jr. his best prospect.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] In his fight with Ronnie Peterson, Benavidez and his corner would wear shirts that had SB1070 crossed out.[15]

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.[16]

In 2014, he remained active, winning 3 more bouts.[17] However, in his last fight of the year on December 13 against Mauricio Herrera, the HBO commenting team of Max Kellerman, Jim Lampley, and Roy Jones, Jr., all thought that Herrera had clearly won the fight. HBO unofficial judge Harold Letterman scored the fight 116-112 for Herrera, and most of the boxing writers at ringside also had the fight for Herrera.

Professional record[edit]

25 Wins (16 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 25-0-0 United States Francisco Santana UD 10 2016-07-23 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 24-0-0 Brazil Sidney Siqueira UD 10 2015-12-12 United States Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona
Win 23-0-0 Mexico Jorge Páez, Jr. TKO 12 (12) 2015-05-15 United States US Airway Centre, Phoenix, Arizona Retained WBA Interim Light Welterweight title
Win 22-0-0 United States Mauricio Herrera UD 12 2014-12-13 United StatesThe Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas Won WBA Interim Light Welterweight title
Win 21-0-0 Colombia Henry Aurad TKO (1) 8 2014-07-26 United States Celebrity Theater, Phoenix Won vacant NABF Light Welterweight title
Win 20-0-0 United States Angel Hernandez UD 6 2014-05-17 United StatesSelland Arena, Fresno
Win 19-0-0 Ghana Prince Doku, Jr. UD 6 2014-03-29 United StatesTexas Station Casino, Las Vegas
Win 18-0-0 Mexico Abraham Álvarez TKO 2 (1:12) 2013-11-16 United StatesAvi Resort & Casino, Laughlin, Nevada
Win 17-0-0 Mexico Pavel Míranda UD 8 (8) 2012-10-13 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 16-0-0 United States Javier Loya TKO 4 (1:41) 2011-07-21 United StatesTexas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 15-0-0 United States Josh Sosa UD 6 (6) 2011-05-26 United StatesCasino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona
Win 14-0-0 Puerto Rico Samuel Santana UD 6 (6) 2011-11-12 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 13-0-0 United States Dedrick Bell KO 1 (1:29) 2011-09-17 United StatesBlueWater Resort & Casino, Parker, Arizona
Win 12-0-0 United States Corey Alarcon TKO 4 (1:02) 2011-06-11 United StatesWild Horse Pass Casino, Chandler, Arizona
Win 11-0-0 United States James Hope TKO 5 (1:43) 2011-05-07 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 10-0-0 United States Fernando Rodríguez UD 6 (6) 2011-01-22 United StatesTexas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9-0-0 United States Winston Mathis TKO 3 (2:23) 2010-11-13 United StatesCowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Win 8-0-0 United States Manuel Delcid TKO 2 (0:41) 2010-09-11 United StatesPalms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7-0-0 United States Josh Beeman TKO 1 (1:20) 2010-06-26 United StatesAlamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Win 6-0-0 United States Ronnie Peterson TKO 1 (2:46) 2010-05-29 United StatesUIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Win 5-0-0 Mexico Arnoldo Pacheco TKO 1 (1:43) 2010-05-08 MexicoLa Feria de San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Mexico
Win 4-0-0 Canada Scott Paul TKO 2 (1:30) 2010-04-10 United StatesHard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3-0-0 United States Bobby Hill TKO 3 (2:59) 2010-03-12 United StatesGaylord Hotel, Grapevine, Texas
Win 2-0-0 United States John Michael Vega TKO 1 (1:07) 2010-02-14 United StatesLas Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 1-0-0 United States Steven Cox TKO 1 (1:21) 2010-01-16 United StatesHard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Professional debut for Benavidez


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  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. 
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  7. ^ "Video of Benavidez vs. Frankie Gómez". Youtube. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-07-04.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
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  14. ^ Frauenheim, Norm (2010-05-27). "Arizona Law Stops Benavidez". 15 Rounds. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  15. ^ Maquiñana, Ryan (2010-05-27). "Crossed Out "SB1070"". Max Boxing. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
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  17. ^ Boxing record for José Benavidez.

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Preceded by
Mauricio Herrera
WBA Super Lightweight Interim Champion
December 13, 2014 – February 2, 2016