By Ron Valderrama at ringside: Jose Benavidez Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs), defeated Henry Auraad (16-9, 13 KOs) and claimed the NABF junior welterweight title in the opening round before a capacity crowd at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix,Arizona on Saturday. The bout was the featured main event on a card presented by Iron Boy Promotions in association with Top Rank Boxing, and televised on Unimas Solo Boxeo Tecate.
Benavidez Jr. wasted no time from the start, using an effective left jab and sizing up Auraad. The determined Benavidez Jr. kept a safe range, waiting patiently for an opening. It would not take long for opportunity to open up. Early in round one, Benavidez Jr. rattled Auraad with a stinging left, followed by a powerful right and that dropped Auraad for count.
Clearly dazed, Auraad would dig deep and beat the count, but it was the beginning of the end for Auraad, as Benavidez Jr. would again see an opening. Landing a left, followed by a series of combinations that again dropped Auraad. Fighting with heart, Auraad managed to get up, but was stumbling and had no legs left to carry on.
Referee Wes Melton made the right call, stopping the bout at 1:50 of round, making Jose Benavidez Jr. the new NABF welterweight junior champion.
It’s been a long road for Benavidez Jr., for much of his career he has fought with a hand injury that forced him to miss opportunities for a title. Taking some time off last year, Benavidez Jr. had surgery to repair the hand, but continued to keep his well chiseled body in shape.
With this win, we see the true Benavidez Jr. and his true potential. The new title now places him in a position as a legitimate contender.
On the undercards, Oscar Valdez (12-0, 11 KOs) was victorious in his eight round featherweight bout with Juan Ruiz (23-14, 7 KOs). It was a good test of skills for Valdez and he did well, the bout went the distance. All the judges scored the bout 80-71.
In a six round light heavyweight match, Trevor McCumby (16-0, 12 KOs) defeated a crafty Michael Gbenga (16-15, 15 KOs). All the judges score the bout 60-53 in favor of McCumby.
In a four round welterweight battle, Brian Mendoza (2-0, 2 KOs) won by way of knockout over Jesus Lopez (0-3). The time was 1:49 of round one.
Keenan Carbajal (4-1-1, 2 KOs) defeated Edgar Pinedo (1-1) by knockout at :26 of round one, the super featherweight bout was scheduled for four rounds.
Alexis Zazueta (3-0, 3 KOs), Cameron Dunkin’s new project, may have a "diamond in the rough" with this impressive flyweight. Zazueta won by TKO at 1:39 of round one with a piercing body shot, sending Luis Josue Almendariz (3-3) to the canvas.
Super bantamweight, Francisco De Vaca (7-0, 3 KOs) went the full six rounds in his bout with Ernesto Guerrero (16-11, 10 KOs), and wins by unanimous decision. The judges score the bout 60-54.
Izaak Cordova (9-0, 9 KOs), defeated Joey Ruelas (8-1-1, 3 KOs) by knockout at 2:41 of round one in a scheduled six round super middleweight bout.
Emmanuel Nieves was impressive in his super featherweight debut win over Alex Holquin (1-1). Nieves looked like a veteran in the ring and did well landing some effective punches. The judges score the four round bout 39-37 in favor of Nieves.
July 26, 2014