Benavidez Brothers Open Up About Early Struggles Back Home

Welterweight boxer José Benavidez Jr. and his brother David made their return to the ring on Saturday night. José, 29, settled for a draw against Francisco Emanuel Torres while David, 24, scored an emphatic technical knockout win over Kyrone Davis.

After throwing the usual shade at their opponents just like any pre-fight presser in combat sports, the Benavidez brothers opened up about their journey to the top, coming from Guerrero, Mexico.

“We’ve had a long road and I’m just thankful to everyone who’s supported us. It’s been six years since we fought at home, but I love it here,” José Jr said.

“We’ve worked hard at this since we were little kids. We’ve come so far and I’m just trying to keep learning new things every day.”

Almost a decade ago, José was on the rise and expected to become a world champ in a few years from then, but it was his younger brother who achieved the feat.

David became a WBC Super Middleweight championship twice. He was stripped of the title on both occasions: Once for consumption of cocaine, and the other time for not making weight.

“The only thing that makes a difference is that I’m good at boxing. I don’t think I’m more or less than anybody else. I’m regular like everyone else,” David said.

“Things happen sometimes. It’s just how you pick yourself up and keep going.”

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