Boxing prospect David Benavidez plans on busy year

By: Ron Valderrama/


Light heavyweight prospect David Benavidez (11-0, 10 KOs), says he plans on a busy in the ring this year. Although David Benavidez is only 19 years old, and the younger brother of WBA super lightweight champion Jose Benavidez Jr. he is no stranger to the ring.

His family has been in the boxing business for a long time, besides having a brother as a champion, his father, Jose Benavidez Sr. works as a trainer and has worked with some boxing notables in his day, including his son Jose Jr. Jose Benavidez Sr. has taken the experience he has gained from some the best in the boxing business and is on the verge of creating another champion.

From a young age, Jose Sr. says that David began to study boxing by watching fights on television. At one time, David spent countless hours at Freddy Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood while his father would work with the fighters, often having his dad teach him the logistics of boxing. It had to be like going to school for the young lion, always watching, analyzing in his mind the art of the sweet science.

In his early teens, David Benavidez was already sparring with some big names, Gennady Golovkin, Gabriel Rosado and Kelly Pavlik just to name a few. He physically and mentally learned from some of the best in boxing.

At the tender age of 16, David Benavidez turned pro and fought in Mexico. Due to the age requirement of 18 in the United States, Benavidez chose to fight his first six bouts in Mexico. His first pro fight was in 2013, a polished David Benavidez faced Erasmo Mendoza who was also making his pro debut in Sonora, Mexico. The fight wouldn’t last long as Benavidez would win by knockout in the first round.

Fast forward to April of 2015, David Benavidez would defeat a classy Rollin Williams in Phoenix, capturing the vacant NABF Junior light heavyweight title. It would be one of four fights Benavidez would fight in 2015. Benavidez will again step in the ring on Jan. 19, facing a tough and crafty Kevin Cobbs for his first fight of 2016. Kevin Cobbs (10-1, 4 KOs), could be a tough opponent for David Benavidez, but Benavidez knows he must fight the best out there to achieve his goal of becoming a world champion. The bout will be on the undercard of the main event featuring Jamal James and Javier Molina in Los Angeles from the Club Nokia. The event will be presented by Premier Boxing Champions and televised on Fox Sports 1.

Benavidez takes all of his bouts seriously, in preparation for his upcoming bout with Cobbs, he has traveled to the iconic Peter Welch’s Gym in Boston to train and spar.

Without a doubt David Benavidez will become known to boxing fans this year, he not only has an arsenal of physical weaponry, he is extremely smart in the ring. The young prospect was a great fighter before he even turned pro, what will set him apart from the rest is his ability to use his vision before striking. Benavidez can analyze a fighter quickly and adjust to deliver his crushing blows, usually with deadly precision. He constantly looks to improve, even after winning a fight he is never truly satisfied. He will break-down his fight and look for ways to improve, going over every detail and question what he could have done better.