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Jose Benavidez
Weightclass:
Light Welterweight
Age:
22
Birthplace:
Panorama City, California
Record:
22-0, 15 KOs
Height:
5'11"
Reach:
73"
Managers:
Jose Benavidez Sr. (father), Steven Feder
Trainers:
Jose Benavidez Sr.
biography
JOSE BENAVIDEZ JR. (16-0, 13 KOs)...

Twitter: @josebenavidezjr
Ranked USBA #3 at 140 pounds…
2009 National Golden Gloves Championships (amateur), 141 pounds – Gold Medalist...

At the age of 22, Jose is a four-year pro. A sensational prospect at 147 pounds, he is a former amateur standout – at 16, Jose was the youngest boxer to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships. He 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.
On July 26, Jose won by first-round TKO against Henry Auraad.
After his last fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Benavidez is a former standout amateur with huge pro potential, but he has been hampered by hand injuries.
He was fighting in his hometown for the first time as a professional, and put on a blistering performance….
Benavidez rocked Aurad with a right hand that sent him sagging into the ropes in the first minute of the fight, and it should have been ruled a knockdown because the ropes held him up, but referee Wes Melton did not call it. A left and a right a moment later did send him to the canvas face-first for the first official knockdown. Aurad was unsteady when he rose and was down again a few seconds later under huge pressure as Benavidez sank in hard shots…. Aurad was wobbling all over the place when he got to his feet, and Melton waved off the mismatch at 1 minute, 50 seconds. [End Rafael item]
Jose was inactive for most of 2013. He told The Ring's Francisco Salazar [July 24, 2014], "It was frustrating not fighting because of a broken hand. I would injure it in my last three or four fights up to that point, and we decided to go through surgery and rest. I...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2014 - on 7-26-14 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by TKO (1st round) against Henry Auraad (16-8-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at the Celebrity Theater, and Jose quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a right hand, the second with a series of punches; Auraad got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:50…
On 5-17-14 in Fresno, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Angel Hernandez (16-15-1): the bout was one of the co-features at the Selland Arena, and Jose dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and scored another knockdown in th 4th; he scored another knockdown in the 5th round, and won by scores of 60-51 on all three scorecards…
On 3-29-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Prince Doku Jr. (18-4): the bout was on the undercard at the Texas Station Casino; Jose dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards...
 
2013 – on 11-16-13 in Laughlin, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Abraham Alvarez (16-4-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at AVI Resort & Casino, and Jose quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown late in the 1st round, then scored two more knockdowns in the 2nd and the referee stopped the fight at 1:03...
 
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...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jose Jr. was born in Panorama City, California, but moved with his family to Phoenix, Arizona, when he was two years old...he has two brothers and one sister...his father, Jose Sr., is a native of Arcelia, Guerrero, Mexico, and moved to California at the age of 11...Jose Sr. worked at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix for almost 14 years, then opened his own business, Glory Boxing, a boxing equipment store...
Jose Jr. started boxing at the age of six and had an amateur record of 120-5...he was trained throughout his amateur career by his father...Jose won his first national  title – the 2003 National Silver Gloves – at the age of 11...
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2009 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Denver, Colorado, 140 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: on 6-9-09 he won a 5-0 decision against Michael Finney; in the quarterfinals on 6-10-09 he won a 31-12 decision against Gary Russell of Capitol Heights, Md.; in the semifinals on 6-11-09 he won an 18-8 decision against Zeddie Adams of Cleveland, Oh.; in the finals on 6-12-09 he lost an 11-9 decision against Frankie Gomez of Los Angeles, Calif.…
Jose was the youngest  boxer, at 16, to win a gold medal at the National Golden Gloves Championships - he had to take about a week off from his senior year in high school to participate in the tournament...
2009 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Salt Lake City, Utah, 141 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: on 5-4-09 he won a decision against Tyronne Luckey of New Jersey; on 5-6-09 he won a decision against Arturo Trujillo on Pennsylvania; in the quarterfinals on 5-7-09 he won a decision against Alemeo Carter of Kansas City, Mo.; in the semifinals on 5-8-09 he won a decision against Michael Finney of Knoxville, Tenn.; in the finals on 5-9-09 he won a decision against Jamal James of Upper...
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Biography

JOSE BENAVIDEZ JR. (16-0, 13 KOs)...

  • Twitter: @josebenavidezjr
  • Ranked USBA #3 at 140 pounds…
  • 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships (amateur), 141 pounds – Gold Medalist...

At the age of 22, Jose is a four-year pro. A sensational prospect at 147 pounds, he is a former amateur standout – at 16, Jose was the youngest boxer to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships. He 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.

On July 26, Jose won by first-round TKO against Henry Auraad.

After his last fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Benavidez is a former standout amateur with huge pro potential, but he has been hampered by hand injuries.

He was fighting in his hometown for the first time as a professional, and put on a blistering performance….

Benavidez rocked Aurad with a right hand that sent him sagging into the ropes in the first minute of the fight, and it should have been ruled a knockdown because the ropes held him up, but referee Wes Melton did not call it. A left and a right a moment later did send him to the canvas face-first for the first official knockdown. Aurad was unsteady when he rose and was down again a few seconds later under huge pressure as Benavidez sank in hard shots…. Aurad was wobbling all over the place when he got to his feet, and Melton waved off the mismatch at 1 minute, 50 seconds. [End Rafael item]

Jose was inactive for most of 2013. He told The Ring's Francisco Salazar [July 24, 2014], "It was frustrating not fighting because of a broken hand. I would injure it in my last three or four fights up to that point, and we decided to go through surgery and rest. I would get frustrated that I wasn't fighting, but it turned into motivation because I feel hungrier and stronger now that I'm back."

Jose Jr.’s webpage address is josebenavidez.com.

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2014 - on 7-26-14 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by TKO (1st round) against Henry Auraad (16-8-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at the Celebrity Theater, and Jose quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a right hand, the second with a series of punches; Auraad got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:50…

On 5-17-14 in Fresno, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Angel Hernandez (16-15-1): the bout was one of the co-features at the Selland Arena, and Jose dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and scored another knockdown in th 4th; he scored another knockdown in the 5th round, and won by scores of 60-51 on all three scorecards…

On 3-29-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Prince Doku Jr. (18-4): the bout was on the undercard at the Texas Station Casino; Jose dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards...

 

2013 – on 11-16-13 in Laughlin, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Abraham Alvarez (16-4-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at AVI Resort & Casino, and Jose quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown late in the 1st round, then scored two more knockdowns in the 2nd and the referee stopped the fight at 1:03...

 

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...

 

2012 – on 5-26-12 in Tucson, AZ, 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…

 

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…

 

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): Jose scored one knockdown in the 1st round; he 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 fight 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 fight 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…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jose Jr. was born in Panorama City, California, but moved with his family to Phoenix, Arizona, when he was two years old...he has two brothers and one sister...his father, Jose Sr., is a native of Arcelia, Guerrero, Mexico, and moved to California at the age of 11...Jose Sr. worked at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix for almost 14 years, then opened his own business, Glory Boxing, a boxing equipment store...

Jose Jr. started boxing at the age of six and had an amateur record of 120-5...he was trained throughout his amateur career by his father...Jose won his first national  title – the 2003 National Silver Gloves – at the age of 11...

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2009 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Denver, Colorado, 140 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: on 6-9-09 he won a 5-0 decision against Michael Finney; in the quarterfinals on 6-10-09 he won a 31-12 decision against Gary Russell of Capitol Heights, Md.; in the semifinals on 6-11-09 he won an 18-8 decision against Zeddie Adams of Cleveland, Oh.; in the finals on 6-12-09 he lost an 11-9 decision against Frankie Gomez of Los Angeles, Calif.…

Jose was the youngest  boxer, at 16, to win a gold medal at the National Golden Gloves Championships - he had to take about a week off from his senior year in high school to participate in the tournament...

2009 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Salt Lake City, Utah, 141 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: on 5-4-09 he won a decision against Tyronne Luckey of New Jersey; on 5-6-09 he won a decision against Arturo Trujillo on Pennsylvania; in the quarterfinals on 5-7-09 he won a decision against Alemeo Carter of Kansas City, Mo.; in the semifinals on 5-8-09 he won a decision against Michael Finney of Knoxville, Tenn.; in the finals on 5-9-09 he won a decision against Jamal James of Upper Midwest...

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills, speed, and movement...has good punching power...can switch effectively to the lefthanded stance...had a strong amateur background...

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 21 fights...70 rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.3 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 71 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 1 (1-0)…6 rounds – 5 (5-0)…