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Benavidez Makes Good on Homecoming Fight

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Article and Photo By German Villasenor


On Saturday night, super lightweight prospect Jose Benavidez Jr., 12-0 (11), fought a good fight in front of his hometown for the first time since leaving for Los Angeles to train under Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.


Benavidez put down a game challenger in Corey Alarcon en route to a third round stoppage on the Showdown Promotions/Top Rank co-promotion on Saturday night at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler, AZ. 

Alarcon, 14-18-1 (4), out of Denver, Colorado, was behind the eight ball from the onset, with the undefeated Benavidez landing shots from long range. Despite coming in with injured hands, the hometown fighter threw with authority, showing no signs of being in pain. 

A straying low blow at the end of the first round did not help Alarcon’s cause, as a Benavidez body attack and a couple of knockdowns via a left and a right in the third round. In the fourth, a barrage which trapped Alarcon against the ropes was enough for referee Robert Ferrara to call the off the fight. The time of the stoppage was 1:02.

“It was great and I was ready to be the main event and fight before my hometown. I just wanted to give a good show and I think I did that,” said an obviously elated Benavidez.

Regarding injured knuckles coming into the fight, Benavidez expanded to the media congregated at ringside after the fight.

“I’ll have to take a couple weeks off to rest them. I had to hold back a little – every time I jabbed, I could feel the pain. Overall though, I thought I did well.”

Heavy-fisted lightweight Oscar Meza,  22-4 (18), faced a shifty southpaw in Kelly Wright, 4-8, in the co-featured bout scheduled for six.

Meza was quite effective in tracking down the mobile Wright; closing the gap and going to the body with hard shots, the Mexican fighter scored a knockdown with a hook to the top of Wright’s head.

A relentless body attack would send Wright down three times in the third frame, with referee Wes Melton finally stopping the beating at 2:04 of the round.

On the undercard, Tijuana middleweight Jovan Munoz, 11-2 (4), was upset by a late replacement in Justin Williams, 3-3-1 (2), in three.

Munoz went all out late in the first round, looking as if the fight might be stopped early but Williams survived the late attack. Williams countered the single-punch-minded Munoz in the third round, landing a devastating uppercut which sent the Mexican face-first to the canvas.

Munoz managed to get up on wobbly legs but was clearly in no shape to continue. Referee Wes Melton would stop the bout at 2:22 of the third.

Phoenix super bantam Alexis Santiago, 8-0-1 (2), bested a pressuring Carlos Luque, 2-7, in a four-round war, winning the unanimous decision by scores of 58-56 (twice) and 59-55.

Local favorite, super welter Juan Gonzales, 2-0 (1), was taken the distance, winning a unanimous decision with scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37, against the smaller yet game Moses Alvizo, 0-3.

In a super bantamweight bout, Phoenix’s own Emilio Garcia, 2-0-1 (1), dropped debuting Eric “Buddy Holly” Henson, 0-1, Albuquerque, twice in the first frame, en route to winning a unanimous decision at the end of four. The official scores were 40-34 (twice) and 39-35.



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