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Jose Benavida, Yes or No?

Hello Everyone,

So I've stumbled upon a sparring video of Jose Benavida (he's a Jr. Welterweight type and sometimes Welterweight) who fights with Roach out the Wildcard.

Sparring vid agst. Hector Valazquez

He's only about 21, and has about 16 fights. He's 6'0. Then I saw some of his fights and I was really impressed with him. He's got great leverage, great poise. He's also not your typical come forward Latin fighter as he boxes, counter punches, pressures and infights some, defends well, and basically does many things technically correct (except for his leaning back, when he can kind of get to work, and somehow creates counter opportunities off of them). He also has some old school savvy and ring IQ to him.

He's got a quick jab that he flashes a lot, and has good leverage and weight behind it. His punches coordinate his whole body and he rocks his opponents every time he hits them square. His defense varies between peek a boo and covering up, side parries, back hand parries, short half steps back to get his opponents to over commit, and some head movement. It seems he likes to step back or lean back, and when the opponent has finished a technique he'll quickly throw a 1-2, or down parry jab and thrws left hook, and find some opening and work off it.

Of course, I haven't seen him hit very clean yet, so the chin is up in the air, but I see a lot of potential, and I guess his being savvy may precede his time at the Wildcard. Either way, he's someone I might get excited over, and perhaps you guys have talked or raved about him for sometime, but I've only just stumbled on him and think he's wonderful. Peace.

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