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Jose Benavidez
Weightclass:
Super Welterweight
Age:
24
Birthplace:
Panorama City, California
Record:
25-0, 16 KOs
Height:
5'11"
Reach:
73"
Managers:
Jose Benavidez Sr. (father), Steven Feder
Trainers:
Jose Benavidez Sr.
biography

Twitter: @josebenavidezjr
Ranked WBA #2, WBC #18 at 147 pounds…
Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
Interim world championship fights: 2-0, 1 KO…
2009 National Golden Gloves Championships (amateur), 141 pounds – Gold Medalist...

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...
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fight history
 
Fight by Fight – 2016 – in his last fight on 7-23-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Francisco Santana (24-4-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol main event – Santana gave a strong effort, and it was a good, close fight; Santana constantly pressed forward, but Jose counterpunched well and landed the sharper punches; he rocked Santana with a left hook in the 2nd round and rocked him with a series of punches in the 2nd; several of the middle rounds were fast-paced and close, but Jose rallied in the late rounds and finished the fight strongly; scored 96-94, 98-92, 100-90…
 
2015 – on 12-12-15 in Tucson, AZ, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Sidney Siqueira (26-10-1): the bout was co-featured with Oscar Valdez-Ernie Sanchez main event –  Siqueira gave a determined effort, but Jose dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed Siqueira and landed the sharper punches; he floored Siqueira early in the 10th round, but the referee ruled it a slip, then Jose staggered him moments later; scored 100-90, 100-90, 99-91…
1ST WBA INTERIM SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-15-15 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by TKO (12th round) against Jorge Paez Jr. (38-5-2): the bout headlined at the U.S. Airway Center, and Jose dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a right hand to the body in the 3rd round and rocked Paez with a series of punches moments later; Paez, the son of former IBF featherweight world champion Jorge “Maromero” Paez, recovered and gave a determined effort in the middle rounds, but Jose consistently outworked him and landed the harder punches; Jose scored another knockdown with a left hook early in the 12th – Paez got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jose said, "I was born in Panorama City, California, but we moved to Phoenix when I was a year old. When anyone asks, I say I'm from Arizona. My dad is pretty much a full-time trainer. He trains me and trains some UFC fighters, as well. I have two brothers and two sisters. My little brother is around six-three. He's a pro boxer, too. His name is David Benavidez.
"I was, I want to say, six when I started boxing. My parents put me in a lot of sports when I was little. You know, when you're little, you're just full of energy. They put me in soccer, baseball, and I didn't really like any of those sports. My dad would always watch boxing, so I told him to take me to the gym one day and I just fell in love with the sport.
"I'm not exactly sure, but I had around 150, 160 amateur fights. I had maybe eight losses.
"I won seven national Silver Gloves, starting when I was 10, I think. It was 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. [note: all results not currently available]
"I'm naturally righthanded, but I can switch in the ring."...
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 2009 tournament...
2009 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Salt Lake City, Utah, 141 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: on 5-4-09 he won a decision against Tyronne...
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Biography
  • Twitter: @josebenavidezjr
  • Ranked WBA #2, WBC #18 at 147 pounds…
  • Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
  • Interim world championship fights: 2-0, 1 KO…
  • 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships (amateur), 141 pounds – Gold Medalist...

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

 

Fight by Fight – 2016 – in his last fight on 7-23-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Francisco Santana (24-4-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol main event – Santana gave a strong effort, and it was a good, close fight; Santana constantly pressed forward, but Jose counterpunched well and landed the sharper punches; he rocked Santana with a left hook in the 2nd round and rocked him with a series of punches in the 2nd; several of the middle rounds were fast-paced and close, but Jose rallied in the late rounds and finished the fight strongly; scored 96-94, 98-92, 100-90…

 

2015 – on 12-12-15 in Tucson, AZ, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Sidney Siqueira (26-10-1): the bout was co-featured with Oscar Valdez-Ernie Sanchez main event –  Siqueira gave a determined effort, but Jose dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed Siqueira and landed the sharper punches; he floored Siqueira early in the 10th round, but the referee ruled it a slip, then Jose staggered him moments later; scored 100-90, 100-90, 99-91…

1ST WBA INTERIM SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-15-15 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by TKO (12th round) against Jorge Paez Jr. (38-5-2): the bout headlined at the U.S. Airway Center, and Jose dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a right hand to the body in the 3rd round and rocked Paez with a series of punches moments later; Paez, the son of former IBF featherweight world champion Jorge “Maromero” Paez, recovered and gave a determined effort in the middle rounds, but Jose consistently outworked him and landed the harder punches; Jose scored another knockdown with a left hook early in the 12th – Paez got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:21; after 11 rounds, Jose led by near shutout scores of 110-98, 110-98, 109-99…

 

2014 – WON WBA INTERIM SL WORLD TITLE – on 12-13-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12-round unanimous decision against defending champion Mauricio Herrera (21-4): the bout was one of the co-features with the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Diego Chaves main event, and it was a very close fight; Herrera kept a busy pace, but Jose boxed well and landed the sharper punches; after six rounds, Jose led by scores of 58-56 on all three scorecards; the momentum shifted back and forth in the second half of the fight – Jose swept the 7th round on all three scorecards, then Herrera won the 8th and 9th on two scorecards; Jose finished the fight strongly – he won the 10th round on two scorecards, then swept the 11th and 12th rounds and won by scores of 116-112, 116-112, 117-111…

On 7-26-14 in Phoenix 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 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...

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…

 

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): 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…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jose said, "I was born in Panorama City, California, but we moved to Phoenix when I was a year old. When anyone asks, I say I'm from Arizona. My dad is pretty much a full-time trainer. He trains me and trains some UFC fighters, as well. I have two brothers and two sisters. My little brother is around six-three. He's a pro boxer, too. His name is David Benavidez.

"I was, I want to say, six when I started boxing. My parents put me in a lot of sports when I was little. You know, when you're little, you're just full of energy. They put me in soccer, baseball, and I didn't really like any of those sports. My dad would always watch boxing, so I told him to take me to the gym one day and I just fell in love with the sport.

"I'm not exactly sure, but I had around 150, 160 amateur fights. I had maybe eight losses.

"I won seven national Silver Gloves, starting when I was 10, I think. It was 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. [note: all results not currently available]

"I'm naturally righthanded, but I can switch in the ring."...

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 2009 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: 25 fights...114 total rounds...24 interim championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.5 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 64 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 2 (2-0)….10 rounds –  2 (2-0)…