Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Photos: Benavidez, Valdez Ready To Shine On UniMas

By Jake Donovan, photos by Mikey Williams

Jose Benavidez Jr. gets his first true hometown showcase when he faces Henry Aurad in a scheduled eight-round welterweight bout Saturday evening in Phoenix, Arizona. 

The bout was made official after both fighters successfully made weight during Friday's weigh-in, coming in below the welterweight limit. Benavidez Jr. came in at a lean 145.8 lb., while Aurad - a Colombian knockout artist now based in Miami - tipped the scales at a fighting ready 146 lb. for Saturday's contest, which headlines on UniMas in the U.S.

Benavidez Jr. (20-0, 14KOs) has fought just three bouts in his home state of Arizona since turning pro four years ago. The closest he's come to fighting at home in Phoenix was when he knocked out Corey Alacorn in four rounds in their June '11 bout in Chandler, roughly 30 minutes away. 

Saturday's contest marks a return to eight-round bouts for Benavidez Jr., a former amateur standout, whose last three bouts have been scheduled for six rounds. 

Aurad (16-8-1, 13KOs) comes in with back-to-back wins over pedestrian opposition after having suffered four consecutive knockout losses.

In the evening's co-feature, Oscar Valdez - who represented Mexico in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games - faces hapless Juan Ruiz in a scheduled eight-round featherweight bout. Both fighters came in under the 126 lb. divisional limit; Valdez (11-0, 11KOs) was 125.8 lb., while Ruiz tipped the scales at 125.4 lb. 

Valdez has yet to be extended beyond the sixth round since turning pro in Nov. '12. While Ruiz (23-13, 7KOs) hasn't won a fight in six years (eight straight losses over that stretch), the 35-year old Mexican veteran has also never been stopped in 36 pro fights, lasting the distance with notable talents such as Gary Russell Jr. and former 122 lb. titlist Victor Terrazas. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the  Transnational Boxing Ratings Board   a nd a member of  Boxing Writers Association of America . Twitter:  @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Tyson Fury Moves Trainers: Leaves Uncle Peter, Hires Davison Lemieux Laughs: Saunders Can KO Me? Maybe With a Baseball Bat! WBA Confirm: Povetkin is Now The Mandatory To Joshua Photos: Douglas vs. O'Sullivan, Seldin vs. Ulysse - Weigh-In Photos: Saunders, Lemieux - Nearly Erupt With Heated Weigh-In Alexander Povetkin Dominates Hammer - In Line For Joshua, Parker Jessie Vargas Eyes Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Ali Rematch Horn Promoter: Crawford Can't Sell, He's Not a Big Money Fight! Saunders: Lemieux Has Been Knocking Out Bums and Old Men Yvan Mendy Breaks Down, Stops Jesus Arevalo in Eight Saunders, Trainer Demand Lemieux Gets on Scale Twice at Weigh-In Povetkin-Hammer Undercard Results from Ekaterinburg Mikey Garcia to Keep WBC Lightweight Title Despite Lipinets Fight Saunders: Lemieux Is Walking Punching Bag; Must KO Me to Win Parker's Coach: We exposed Joshua's chin, UK media afraid to cover! Yarde Feels Power is on Level With Kovalev, Stevenson, Beterbiev Andre Ward Leaves The Door Open - "I Do Miss Fighting" Dejan Zlaticanin Bounces Back With First Round Destruction Tete, Dubois, Yarde, Skeete Return on February 10 Jessie Vargas: I Want To Conquer Welterweight Division! Cletus Seldin: My Career is Going Exactly How I've Wanted Nicola Adams Aims To Win a World Title in 2018 Tyson Fury: I Won't Be Forced Into Hard Fights Until I'm Fit! Bacskai, Egedi, Torteli Back in Action in Hungary Klitschko: I Passed Torch To Joshua, He Can Unify The Division Saunders: Lemieux's Death Talk Stupid, Disrespectful to Boxing Jason Quigley Leaves Robles, Will Work With Dominic Ingle Carlos Morales Picks Up Technical Decision Win in Indio Photos: Chaves vs. James, Molina vs. Redkach - Weigh-In Photos: Jessie Vargas, Aaron Herrera - Ready For Battle Saunders Dares Lemieux To Accept Big Bet on Fight Outcome Hopkins: Lemieux Must Be at His Very Best To Beat Saunders Daniel Jacobs: Unless Lemieux Gets Lucky, Saunders Will Win Felix Verdejo To Return on March 17, Manager Vows Better Year Easter-Fortuna Added to Spence-Peterson Card 1/20 at Barclays Mayweather-McGregor Banks 4.3 Million Buys, Says Showtime Lipinets: I Expect To Hit Mikey Garcia - Let's See How He Handles It! Photos: Seldin vs. Ulysse, Douglas vs. O'Sullivan - Final Presser Hearn: Tyson Fury Can Face Whyte in Return: Then Bellew, Joshua Barthelemy vs. Relikh II For Vacant WBA Title on Garcia-Lipinets
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement