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Jose Benavidez

Weightclass: Super Welterweight

  • 25wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 16kos

AGE:
24
Birthplace:
Panorama City, California
Height:
5'11"
reach:
73"
Managers:
Jose Benavidez Sr. (father), Steven Feder
Trainers:
Jose Benavidez Sr.

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Jose Benavidez

At the age of 24, Jose is a six-year pro. A former WBA interim super lightweight world champion, he won the title in December, 2014, and made one successful title defense. He vacated the title to move up to the welterweight division.

Before his debut, he was an amateur standout – at 16, Jose was the youngest boxer to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships. Jose was also the youngest professional boxer, at 17, to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. An exception was made for the minimum age requirement of 18 years because of his exceptional talent.

In his last fight on July 23 in Las Vegas he won a 10-round unanimous decision against Francisco Santana.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Welterweight Jose Benavidez Jr. turned in a good performance in a hard-fought unanimous decision win against Francisco “Chia” Santana.

Benavidez was much faster, but he spent a lot of time on the ropes, where he seemed to feel comfortable, but it also allowed Santana to charge right at him.

He hurt Santana with a left hook and marked up his face in the first round and had a huge second round, but Santana never stopped bulling ahead as he made Benavidez work hard round after round. [End Rafael item]

In the ring after the fight, Jose said, “I had the harder, cleaner punches. I was in full control of the fight, but he was a lot tougher than I thought. He took a lot of punches.

“I threw more punches, I connected more punches. I did everything possible to win. He never hurt me.”

Jose was inactive for most of 2013 due to a recurring right-hand injury over a period of two years that eventually led to a 13-month layoff. He said he broke his right hand in November, 2010, and had surgery, but the bone did not heal correctly and still hurt when he fought. He broke the hand again in October, 2012, and had another surgery. He said that it healed correctly that time, and hasn’t hurt in any of his fights since then.

fight history

  • 2010

    on 11-13-10 in Arlington, TX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Winston Mathis (6-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito main event at Cowboys Stadium; Jose scored two knockdowns with left hooks to the body in the 1st round; he was cut for the first time in his career by a clash of heads in the 2nd, but staggered Mathis with a right hand in the 3rd round and the referee stopped the fight at 2:24…

    On 9-11-10 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (2nd round) against Manuel Del Cid (4-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Orlando Salido main event; Jose hurt Del Cid with a left hook to the body that nearly doubled him over in the 1st round; he staggered Del Cid with a series of punches in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:41…

    On 6-26-10 in San Antonio, TX, he won by knockout (1st round) against Josh Beeman (4-6-3): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-John Duddy main event; Jose scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body that dropped Beeman face-first in the 1st round, and he was counted out at 1:20…
    On 5-29-10 in Chicago, IL, he won by knockout (1st round) against Ronnie Peterson (3-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Jesus Soto-Karass-Gabriel Martinez main event; Jose scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 1st round, and Peterson was counted out at 2:46…

    On 5-8-10 in Aguascalientes, MX, he won by TKO (1st round) against Arnoldo Pacheco (3-5-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Antonio Margarito-Roberto Garcia main event; Jose scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:43…

    On 4-10-10 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (2nd round) against Scott Paul (5-4): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Jose scored a knockdown in the 1st round, then scored another knockdown in the 2nd and the referee stopped the fight at 1:30…

    On 3-12-10 in Grapevine, TX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against lefthanded Bobby Hill (1-3): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Samuel Peter-Nagy Aguilera main event; Jose scored a knockdown with a body punch in the 2nd round; he scored two more knockdowns in the 3rd – the first with a right hand, the second with a series of punches – and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59…
    On 2-13-10 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round) against John Michael Vega (0-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire-Manuel Vargas main event; Jose scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round – Vega got up, but Jose rocked him with a series of punches, Vega turned away in resignation, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:07…

    He debuted at the age of 17 on 1-16-10 in Las Vegas and won by TKO (1st round) against Steven Cox (1-0): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Vanes Martirosyan-Kassim Ouma main event; Jose scored a knockdown with a right hand-left hook combination that also bloodied Cox’ nose in the 1st round – he got up, but Jose rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:21…

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  • 2011

    on 11-12-11 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Samuel Santana (4-4-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Jose Manuel Marquez III main event, and Jose dominated; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, then scored another knockdown with a body punch in the 2nd; he scored another knockdown in the 4th round, and won by scores of 60-50 on all three scorecards…

    On 9-17-11 in Parker, AZ, he won by knockout (1st round) against late substitute Dedrick Bell (6-9): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at the BlueWater Resort & Casino, and Jose quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns with right hands in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:29…

    On 6-11-11 in Chandler, AZ, he won by TKO (4th round) against Corey Alarcon (14-17-1): the scheduled 6-rounder headlined at the Wild Horse Pass Casino, and Jose dominated; he wore down larcon with body punches and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round; he scored two more knockdowns in the 3rd, the first with a right hand, the second with a left hook – Alarcon got up both times, but Jose staggered him with a right hand and the referee stopped the fight at 1:02…

    On 5-7-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (5th round) against James Hope (6-7-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley main event, and Jose dominated – he consistently outworked Hope and landed the harder punches; Jose staggered Hope with a series of punches in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:43…

    On 1-22-11 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Fernando Rodriguez (5-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Diego Magdaleno-Marcos Jimenez main event, and Jose dominated; Rodriguez gave a good effort, but Jose consistently outboxed and outworked him, and landed the harder punches; scored 59-55, 59-55, 58-56…

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  • 2012

    on 10-13-12 in Carson, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Pavel Miranda (19-7-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire-Toshiaki Nishioka main event, and Jose dominated the fight; Miranda rocked him with a left hook late in the 8th round, but Jose won by scores of 79-73 on all three scorecards…

    On 8-4-12 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (4th round) against previously undefeated Javier Loya (7-0): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at Texas Station; Jose scored a knockdown in the 1st round and dominated the fight; he rocked Loya with a series of punches in the 4th, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:41…

    On 5-26-12 in Tucson he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Josh Sosa (10-2): the bout was co-featured with the Jesus Soto-Karass-Said El Harrak main event, and Jose dominated; Sosa gave a good effort, but Jose consistently outboxed him and landed the harder punches; he bloodied Sosa’s nose in the early rounds and rocked him repeatedly; scored 60-54, 60-54, 59-55…

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