Jose Benavidez, Oscar Valdez, McCumby Snag Wins
Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona - Welterweight contender Jose Benavidez Jr. (21-0, 15KOs) made quick work of Henry Aurad (16-9-1, 13KOs) with a first round stoppage. Benavidez scored two knockdowns, with the referee stepping after Aurad was out on his feet from the second one.
Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11KOs) continued his rise in the ranks, going the distance for only the second time in his career with an eight round unanimous decision over Juan Ruiz (23-15, 7 KOs). The scores were 80-71 across the board.
Valdez punished him throughout the fight with big punches to the head and body. Ruiz was holding often and eventually lost a point, after repeated offenses, in the eight and final round.
Light heavyweight contender Trevor McCumby (16-0, 12KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Michael Gbenga (19-16, 19KOs). All three judges saw it 60-53. Gbenga was down in the fifth.