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Jose Benavidez's Leg Will Be 80% At Best, Father Says

José Benavidez Jr. had to pull out of his August fight against Luis Collazo after suffering a left leg injury.

In August 2016, Benavidez Jr. was shot in the right leg, just above the knee and the bullet hit a main artery. He also suffered a wound to his left leg, and the injuries sustained from that near-fatal night will linger for the rest of his life. Whenever Benavidez Jr. steps in the ring, he’ll forever do so with a physical disadvantage, according to his father.

“He injured his leg a little bit [before the scheduled Collazo fight], and if something is wrong already, I’m not going to take a chance. I have to make sure he’s fully healthy before he’s ready to go again,” father and trainer José Benavidez Sr. told BoxingScene.com. “I don’t think he’s 100 percent. He’ll never be 100 percent recovered. If we can get to at least 80 percent, that will be good and I will be happy with that. When he fought Terence Crawford, his leg was 60-to-70 percent.”

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Benavidez Jr. (27-1, 18 KOs) is looking to recover again soon and bounce back after a TKO loss to Crawford in October 2018. Benavidez Jr. already lost 18 months from the prime of his career before facing Crawford, and he’s on the sidelines again in an extended layoff.

His father is hoping he steps back in the ring by February. Jose Sr. first wants to finish training his son David Benavidez for his Sept. 28 fights against Anthony Dirrell before switching gears to his other child.

“I was nervous in the Crawford fight because I didn’t know how the leg would react,” said Benavidez Sr. “But I think he did better than what I thought. He showed me has heart. It’s just now getting him to focus.”

The focus senior alludes to is junior being arrested in July on street racing charges in Arizona, just days after suffering the leg injury that postponed the Collazo fight.

“That’s something that I can’t control,” said Benavidez Sr. “I do the best that I can to guide him and tell him what to do.”

Manouk Akopyan has been a member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011 and has written for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Guardian and Philadelphia Inquirer. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at [email protected].

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by PoserExposer on 09-23-2019

Have you met him personally? I met him at 15 and til this day think he’s a good dude. You don’t have the fame he does nor the envious people everywhere you go so you can’t relate to him under…

Comment by True-Boxing-Fan on 09-23-2019

I hope this thug POS gets totally annihilated in this next fight. He's one of those people that when you come across him for the first time, you think dang this dude is a real POS and from that point…

Comment by Robi13 on 09-23-2019

[QUOTE=Boxing lives;20076482]Crawford beat the brakes off this thug[/QUOTE] Crawford gets 60-70 percent credit for the win

Comment by Robi13 on 09-23-2019

[QUOTE=Slyboots;20076479]Anyone know the circumstances leading to the shooting? Benavidez strikes me as a street punk type, so it wouldn't surprise me if he provoked the attack being his typical self.[/QUOTE] From what was reported, he was just waking his two…

Comment by Bronx23 on 09-23-2019

Benavidez is a pretty good fighter I think he did pretty good against Crawford all things considered. He definitely did better than most of Buds past opponents. I thought Bud woulda had him outta there in 6 or less but…

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