Advertisement
Advertisement

Jose Benavidez's Opponent Rios Out; Is Pimentel In?

By Ryan Maquiñana

Junior welterweight prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. will have a new opponent in the Top Rank Live co-feature this Saturday in Parker, Ariz., according to the fighter’s father and trainer, Jose Benavidez Sr.

“The guy had lost three straight times, and I think the rules in the Arizona commission don’t approve a guy immediately after that, but I’m not sure,” Benavidez Sr. said of original foe Angel Rios.  “I’m still waiting to hear who Junior will get next.”

“It’s alright,” Benavidez Jr. (12-0, 11 KOs) said.  “This isn’t the first time an opponent has pulled out last minute.  I think I was supposed to fight four different guys for this fight but they all pulled out, so I guess I’ll just wait until the weigh-in before I'll know for sure.”

Rios (9-7, 6 KOs), the original opponent, was instead tabbed to fight Terrance Crawford in Atlantic City on the Gamboa-Ponce de Leon undercard last weekend, leaving the slot open for this Saturday's bout, which will take place at the BlueWater Casino.

Sources tell BoxingScene.com the new opponent will likely be Jorge Pimentel of Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico (23-12, 17 KOs), who was stopped in three by Mercito Gesta in July on the Rios-Antillon undercard.

Meanwhile, Benavidez is coming off a fourth-round TKO of Corey Alarcon in June.  The 19-year-old phenom recently returned to Hollywood’s Wild Card Gym to train after a stint back home in Phoenix.

Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.  He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring’s Ratings Advisory Panel.  E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at www.maqdown.com or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lopez36 on 09-15-2011

[QUOTE=chiguy91;11138624]not feeling the whole idea of him fighting guys with double digit losses. he's young as heck, and deff needs to build the experience, but idk, seems like they could get him somewhat better opponents. deff going to dvr this…

Comment by nachorjj on 09-14-2011

Very bad, I like Benavidez and I want to see him more active. And I think that he can fight against best boxers, like Corley, Abdoulaye Soukouna, etc

Comment by chiguy91 on 09-14-2011

not feeling the whole idea of him fighting guys with double digit losses. he's young as heck, and deff needs to build the experience, but idk, seems like they could get him somewhat better opponents. deff going to dvr this…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Crawford's Trainer: Postol is Cashing Out, He Wanted a Check Francisco Santana on Benavidez, leans to Crawford over Postol Daily Bread Mailbag: Ward-Kovalev, GGG-Brook, Broner, More Video: Matias Rueda Confident of Shocking Oscar Valdez Video: Crawford's Trainer Media Interview - Two Parter Tommy Coyle Aims To Make History in Leeds Showdown Crawford Senses Fear: Postol Refused To Look Me in The Eyes Viktor Postol-Terence Crawford: Pre-Fight Report Card Canelo: Golovkin Fight Has To Happen, I Want It To Happen! Ruben Nieto Retains EBU Belt, Stops Gonzales in a War Adam Lopez Furious Over Draw: That Decision Was Bullsh*t! Muhammad Ali’s Training Camp Sold To John Madden's Son Adam Lopez Fights Reynoso To a Draw, Jonathan Guzman Next? Arum: Pacquiao Has Said 'Yes' To Fighting Terence Crawford! Jerry Odom With Crushing Knockout of Julius Jackson in Three Santana on Jose Benavidez: My Goal is To Chop The Tree Down! Ian Green With Stunning Stoppage of Khiary Gray on ShoBox Felix Verdejo-Terry Flanagan Eyed By Arum For Pacquiao Card Shumenov Says Lebedev Refusing To Fight, Calls For Purse Bid Photo: Roach Bets on Postol To Knock Crawford Out Photos: Valdez vs. Rueda, Benavidez vs. Santana Weighin Photos: Crawford, Postol Ripped and Ready For War in Vegas Gilberto Ramirez Shakes Head, Says Golovkin Being a Hypocrite Video: Orlando Salido Talks Lomachenko Rematch, More Weights: Terence Crawford 140-Pounds, Viktor Postol 139.5 LIVE STREAM: Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol Weighin Photo/Weights: Delvin Rodriguez vs. Shawn Cameron Weights From San Antonio: Maidana 143.8, Maysonet 141 Valdez: This is What I've Been Dreaming About Since I Was a Kid Video: Roberto Duran Discusses His Movie, Crawford-Postol Arum Sees Anticipation Worldwide For Crawford-Postol Clash Crawford's Trainer: I KNOW How To Beat Manny Pacquiao! Adam Lopez: I'm Looking For a Breakthrough Victory on ShoBox Video: Gilberto Ramirez Talks Injury, Golovkin-Brook, More Tony Bellew vs. BJ Flores Possible For October, Says Eddie Hearn Sam Soliman Hints at Retirement After Loss To Derevyanchenko Joshua-Pulev Possible For This Year or Next, Says Sauerland Ryan Burnett To Defend WBC International Against Ramirez Sanchez: Brook Will Weigh More Than Golovkin on Fight Night Roach Hopes Postol Gets "A Fair Shake" From Referee, Judges
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement