Another unbeaten Top Rank product has joined July 23rd showdown between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol, as Jose Benavidez faces Francisco Santana to kick off the pay-per-view.
Benavidez (24-0, 16 KO), though still in possession of the all-important "0", has done a very thorough of utterly scouring any trace of actual hype in recent years. The former top prospect, who turned twenty-four three days ago, benefited from one of the most egregious robberies in ages in his decision over Mauricio Herrera, then missed the welterweight limit by five pounds two fights later.
Santana (24-4-1, 12 KO) is a fairly solid opponent, having lost only to Karim Mayfield (twice), Jermell Charlo, and Sadam Ali. He's won twelve of his last thirteen, took a young Julian Williams to a draw, and is probably not a guy to come in fat against.
Overall, decent-if-unspectacular fight, but who knows? Perhaps Frankie Gomez was the harbinger of a new era of prospects getting their shit together.
The rest of the card includes Oscar Valdez taking on Matias Rueda in a clash of featherweight knockout artists, Gilberto Ramirez in a crap title defense against Dominik Britsch, and Ryota Murata against George Tahdooahnippah.