Jose Benavidez Jr. is an American boxer who was born on May 15th, in 1992. He made his pro debut in 2010 and fought 9 times that year going 9-0 with all 9 wins coming by knockout. In 2011 he fought 5 times going 5-0 with 3 knockouts before cutting back his activity a bit. The following year he fought 3 times and then fought just once in 2013.
In 2014 after running his record to 21-0 with 15 wins coming via knockout, Benavidez fought Mauricio Herrera for the interim WBA super lightweight title. This was the first time Benavidez was scheduled to fight more than 8 rounds but he proved to be up to the challenge as he scored a 12 round unanimous decision victory to win the interim title.
Benavidez defended the interim title in 2015 with a 12th round knockout of Jorge Paez Jr. and is set to make his second defense of the interim title in December. Should Benavidez be victorious in that bout he’ll likely find himself in position to fight for the WBA super lightweight world title in the very near future.