Jose Benavidez's Father Gives Details, Update on Son's Shooting

By Francisco Salazar

Welterweight contender Jose Benavidez, Jr. is resting and recuperating after being shot over the weekend, Jose Benavidez, Sr. told late Thursday morning.

Benavidez has been recuperating at a Phoenix-area hospital since Sunday night when he was shot while walking his dog near his home.

TMZ was the first to break the Benavidez story Thursday morning.

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"He's doing fine," said Benavidez, Sr. "He could be released today (Thursday)."

According to Benavidez, Sr., his son was walking his dog when he was approached by a young man, who was wearing all black attire, including a hoodie.

"Junior was walking his dog and someone approached him. He asked Jose if his dog was friendly, then pulled out a gun and shot him in the leg."

Benavidez was also shot in the pinky, although it was unclear if it was his left or right one.

"The doctor said he was going to be okay. (Jose) has a plate in his knee."

Benavidez, Sr. was in Southern California when the shooting occurred. Benavidez, Jr., along with younger brother David, train in Southern California where there is better sparring in preparation for fights.

As a parent, the shooting angered Benavidez, Sr. After receiving word his son would pull through though, Benavidez, Sr. breathed a heavy sigh of relief.

"I see and hear when people get shot, but I never thought it would happen to me. I received the call around noon on Monday. I can't explain how I felt. I was confused and in shock."

"But when I was told he was okay after having surgery, I felt better. (For two days), I was zoned out."

The suspect is still at large.

The 24-year-old Benavidez (25-0, 16 KOs) was victorious in his last bout on July 23, winning a close 10 round unanimous decision over Francisco Santana in Las Vegas.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eff Pandas on 08-26-2016

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;16980298]... but, unfortunately, it seems that Benavidez is done with boxing...[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Jc8804;16981143] im hearimg he will never box again. Im hearing he wont even walk the same.[/QUOTE] Anyone got any more info about this possibly ending Benavidez career? [QUOTE=hectari;16980314]I remember…

Comment by Jc8804 on 08-26-2016

Ive met him and brother a few times. Seem like good young men. But their gym in az is not in the best area. Could of been shady bizz or over a girl. Could have also been random. Good thing…

Comment by -Hyperion- on 08-25-2016

Still better knees than Martinez in the Cotto fight

Comment by nycsmooth on 08-25-2016

5 days in the hospital with all the things they did to him to recoup & probably rehab... you talking some serious dollars...

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY! on 08-25-2016

One thing about phoenix everyone is strapped up Jose should have been too and blasted dude.

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