By Luis Sandoval
Stand out prospect Jose Benavidez Jr is heading into his second fight since suffering a hand injury that sidelined him for almost 6 months this Saturday night at the Texas Station in Las Vegas, NV. The injury was an abnormal one as an extra bone had grown under his hand and it had to be surgically removed. His recovery went as expected and he’s now back to business as usual and training harder than ever.
“I did have a hand injury but we’ve been training hard. For this camp we actually went up to Big Bear and started training up there” revealed Benavidez. “My hand feels great, it feels better than ever. I’m ready for Saturday night and to give the people a show they want to see and I’m ready to rock n roll”.
Many fighters like to go up to Big Bear as it provides isolation and a tranquil backdrop but it also provides challenges as the high altitude makes for intense training.
Benavidez was asked what was the hardest thing for him to deal with up there during his preparation.
“The hardest part up there is just the altitude. Being alone, I’m already used to that. Basically it’s just me, my dad, and my brother so I don’t really go out and do much but train. But it’s the altitude because when you’re up there running those mountains, you lose breath for a minute. You’re like ‘why am I getting tired’ said Benavidez.
Benavidez believes this is one of his best training camps and has been highly motivated after having to be out of the ring for longer than he’s used to. Getting back into the flow and rhythm of things is definitely important and he hopes to put on a impressive performance this Saturday night on Telefutura against late replacement Zaid Zavaleta.
While Benavidez is still in the early stages of his career, a move up in weight may soon be on the horizon. He’s been a 140 pound fighter his entire career but at 5’11 and a chiseled body, there isn’t much weight for him to cut.
“You know right now, this fight coming up I’m actually going to fight at 145. But I’m training hard and doing whatever my team tells me to do. If they tell me to go back down to 140 then I’ll go back down to 140. Right now I’m going to fight at 145 [and] I feel strong. I feel better than ever” stated the Arizona native.
Benavidez looks to continue keeping his career on track and it’s just a matter of time before one of boxing’s most promising prospects begins making the transition to the next level.
You can listen to Jose Benavidez Jr’s interview with BoxingScene’s official radio show The Boxing Lab in its entirety by listening to the podcast: http://tobtr.com/s/3449453
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