Jose Benavidez Jr“Merciless”
27 - 2 - 1
Weight 160 lbs (72.73 kg)
Home Phoenix, Arizona,
Super welterweight contender Jose Benavidez Jr. is ready to make his mark in a third division and continue the fighting family tradition of the Benavidez tradition. Read Bio
Loss vs Danny Garcia
Jul 30, 2022 / Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Jose Benavidez Jr. LOSES to Danny Garcia by MD in Round 12 of 12
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Jose Benavidez Jr. Fights
LOSS vs Danny Garcia 37-3-0
Jul 30, 2022 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Danny Garcia WINS against Jose Benavidez Jr. by MD in Round 12 of 12
Draw vs Francisco Emanuel Torres 17-3-0
Nov 13, 2021 • Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr DRAWS with Francisco Emanuel Torres by MD in Round 10 of 10
LOSS vs Terence Crawford 33-0-0
Oct 13, 2018 • CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Terence Crawford WINS against Jose Benavidez Jr by TKO in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Frank Rojas 22-0-0
Jun 09, 2018 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Frank Rojas by KO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Matthew Strode 24-5-0
Feb 03, 2018 • Bank of America Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Matthew Strode by TKO in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Francisco Santana 25-8-1
Jul 23, 2016 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Francisco Santana by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Sidney Siqueira 26-10-1
Dec 12, 2015 • Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Sidney Siqueira by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Jorge Paez Jr 38-5-2
May 15, 2015 • US Airway Centre, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Jorge Paez Jr by TKO in Round 12 of 12
WIN vs Mauricio Herrera 21-4-0
Dec 13, 2014 • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Mauricio Herrera LOSES to Jose Benavidez Jr by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Henry Auraad 16-8-1
Jul 26, 2014 • Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Henry Auraad by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Angel Hernandez 16-14-1
May 17, 2014 • Selland Arena, Fresno, California, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Angel Hernandez by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Prince Doku Jr 18-4-0
Mar 29, 2014 • Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Prince Doku Jr by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Abraham Alvarez 17-4-1
Nov 16, 2013 • AVI Resort & Casino, Laughlin, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Abraham Alvarez by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Pavel Miranda 19-7-1
Oct 13, 2012 • Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Pavel Miranda by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Javier Loya 7-0-0
Aug 04, 2012 • Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Javier Loya by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Josh Sosa 10-2-0
May 26, 2012 • Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Josh Sosa by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Samuel Santana 4-4-2
Nov 12, 2011 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Samuel Santana by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Dedrick Bell 6-9-0
Sep 17, 2011 • BlueWater Resort & Casino, Parker, Arizona, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Dedrick Bell by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Corey Alarcon 14-17-1
Jun 11, 2011 • Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, Arizona, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Corey Alarcon by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs James Hope 6-7-1
May 07, 2011 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against James Hope by TKO in Round 5 of 6
Win vs Fernando Rodriguez 5-1-0
Jan 22, 2011 • Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Fernando Rodriguez by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Winston Mathis 6-2-0
Nov 13, 2010 • Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Winston Mathis by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Manuel Delcid 4-2-0
Sep 11, 2010 • Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Manuel Delcid by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Josh Beeman 4-6-3
Jun 26, 2010 • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Josh Beeman by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Ronnie Peterson 3-1-0
May 29, 2010 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Ronnie Peterson by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Arnoldo Pacheco 3-4-1
May 08, 2010 • La Feria de San Marcos , Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Arnoldo Pacheco by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Scott Paul 5-4-0
Apr 10, 2010 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Scott Paul by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Robert Hill 1-3-0
Mar 12, 2010 • Gaylord Hotel, Grapevine, Texas, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Robert Hill by TKO in Round 3 of 4
Win vs John Michael Vega 0-1-0
Feb 13, 2010 • Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against John Michael Vega by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Steven Cox 1-0-0
Jan 16, 2010 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jose Benavidez Jr WINS against Steven Cox by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Jose Benavidez Jr “Merciless”
- WINS 27
- LOSSES 2
- DRAWS 1
- KOs 18
Weight 160 lbs (72.73 kg)
Height 5'10½" (1.79 m)
Reach 71" (180 cm)
BornMay 15, 1992
Born inPanorama City, CA
Trains inPhoenix, AZ
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Jose Benavidez Jr Bio
Former interim super lightweight world champion Jose Benavidez Jr. is ready to make his mark in a third division and continue the fighting Benavidez family tradition as he campaigns in the talent-laden 154-pound division, on the hunt for another world title shot.
Jose Benavidez Jr. started doing morning road work when he was about two or three-years-old, according to Jose Sr. The father made mini pads for his son to punch. Before he was in kindergarten, Jose Jr. was sparring.
“I got my inspiration from my Dad [and] my family,” Jose Jr. told Sports Illustrated. “Since I was six years old, I’ve been dreaming of being a world champion.”
Jose Jr.’s sparring sessions against champions Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley were a catalyst to an amateur career during where he went 120-5, earned 11 national titles, a pair of Silver Glove championships, and qualified for both the Junior Olympics and the U.S National Team.
A 17-year-old Benavidez debuted professionally in January 2010. His 81-second TKO of Steve Cox representing the first of nine knockouts wins over an 11-month span.
Nicknamed “Merciless,” Benavidez turned 18 on May 15, between first-round stoppages of Arnoldo Pachecho on May 8 and Ronnie Pearson on May 29.
Benavidez’s fast start was in line with his penchant for fast vehicles.
“I had the Maserati, and when I was 17, I had two more,” Benavidez told The Arizona Daily Star. “It’s a hobby. I’ve had Corvettes, Vipers, Escalades. But better to spend money on cars than get into drugs or bad stuff.”
Hunting For Titles
Benavidez went 5-0 (3 KOs) in 2011, the three stoppages being separated by six-round unanimous decisions over Fernando Rodriguez in May and Samuel Santana in June.
Four more victories (two knockouts) covered 2012 and 2013.
Benavidez had been fighting with an injured right hand first broken against Santana, after which he required surgery to remove an extra bone and repair a tendon.
“We decided to go through with surgery and rest,” said Benavidez. “Not fighting because of a broken hand was frustrating, but it turned into motivation.”
Benavidez returned to defeat Sosa and Loya, re-aggravated his hand against Miranda, and took another break before his second-round TKO of Abraham Alvarez in November 2013 at a then-career-high 146 pounds.
“It turns out [Jose Jr.] had been fighting with an extra bone in his hand,” said Jose Sr., whose son was 18-0 (14 KOs). “It’s a good thing we’ve always worked on the jab. I knew he could handle it.”
Benavidez won four bouts in 2014 comprising consecutive six-round unanimous decisions over Prince Doku in March and Angel Hernandez in May, a two-knockdown, first-round TKO of Henry Auraad in July, and a unanimous decision that dethroned WBA 140-pound champ Mauricio Herrera in December.
“Herrera was very aggressive but I was catching him as he walked into my punches,” said Benavidez, who rose to 22-0 (15 KOs). "I landed all of my combinations, my uppercuts and my body shots. I know I won this fight.”
On May 15th, 2015, his 23rd birthday, Benavidez retained his crown with a 12th-round stoppage of Jorge Paez Jr. before his hometown fans at Phoenix, Arizona’s US Airway Centre.
“There was no way I was going to lose my title in my hometown,” said Benavidez, who floored Paez with a right uppercut in the third round. “But Paez was really tough. I didn’t think he’d get up after that knockdown. Man, he can take a punch.”
Benavidez weighed a career-high 152 ¼ for his next fight in December 2015, a 10-round unanimous decision over Brazil’s Sidney Siqueira. At 24-0 (16 KOs), Benavidez officially left the 140-pound division.
Battles In and Outside The Ring
Benavidez returned to action in July 2016, winning a slugfest by unanimous decision over 148-pound Francisco Santana. But on August 23, while he was walking his dog near his home in Phoenix, a man shot Benavidez in the main artery of his right leg just above the knee.
“The guy came out of nowhere. [The doctor] said, ‘Forget about boxing. It’s not in the picture,’”said Benavidez of what appeared to be a life-threatening injury due to the volume of blood loss. “He said, ‘You’re not going to box anymore,’ but I knew I would fight again, whatever it took to do that.”
Benavidez returned for consecutive knockout victories in 2018, ending a 19-month absence in February with an eighth-round TKO of Matthew Strode, followed by an impressive 84-second knockout in June of Frank Rojas.
Rojas entered at 22-0 (21 KOs) but failed to rise from a left to a liver set up by a straight right from Benavidez, who improved to 27-0 with his 18th knockout victory.
“I felt better tonight. Last time out, I hadn’t fought in nearly 18 months, so there was some ring rust,” said Benavidez. “He was 22-0 with 21 knockouts. I didn’t go in there trying to knock him out right away, but I caught him with some clean shots and he couldn’t get back up.”
But Benavidez lost for the first time in October 2018, being stopped with 18 seconds left in the 12th round by switch-hitting, three-division WBO 147-pound champion Terence Crawford.
Benavidez wore a black sleeve over the scar where he was shot on his right knee, which the loser said began to hamper him after the seventh round.
“When he fought Terence Crawford, his leg was 60-to-70 percent. I was nervous in the Crawford fight because I didn’t know how the leg would react,” said Jose Sr. “He showed he has heart and did better than I thought. I don’t think he’ll ever be 100 percent recovered, but if we can get 80 percent, I’ll be happy with that.”
Jose Jr. was positive in defeat.
“I gave a hell of a fight to the best fighter in the world,” said Jose Jr. “He’s a great fighter, but I’m a great fighter, too. We gave the fans a great show.”
Benavidez wouldn't fight again for three years, concentrating on his family and life outside the ring.
On November 13, 2021, he returned to the ring to face Emanuel Torres. The bout occurred at Footprint Center in Benavidez's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, with younger brother David on the card in a PBC on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing event. Benavidez and Torres battled to a majority draw. The judges scored the contest 96-94 for Benavídez and 95-95 twice.
“I don’t know how I got a draw,” a disappointed Benavídez said over loud boos from a hometown crowd that so badly wanted to see Benavidez earn the win. “We can run it back. I beat him. I thought I beat him. He kept running. He didn’t want to stay in the pocket. I can’t do anything about the judges’ decisions. I felt good. He just kept holding. I beat him every round. What can I do?”
In July 2022, Benavidez suffered another setback, losing a 12-round majority decision to two-division champ Danny Garcia in a 154-pound battle.
Garcia’s superior hand and foot speed left Benavidez trailing him for much of the night, looking to land right hands over Garcia’s vaunted left hook.
Benavidez best moment came in round nine when he connected on one of those right hands and popped Garcia’s head back, but he was unable to capitalize on the attack enough to change the trajectory of the fight.
“I’m happy with my performance,” said Benavidez. “I feel like I did good. I’m fighting in his backyard, one of the best, I took his punches like they were nothing. I thought I won the fight. But it is what it is, a loss makes you stronger.
“It’s tough, things don’t always go your way, there are ups and downs. I try to be positive, like when the doctor said I would never walk again. I didn’t let that get to me. I kept on going.”