Jose Benavidez Jr. vs Francisco Emanuel Torres Preview Nov. 13th, 2021
Jose Benavidez Jr. of Panorama City, California will battle it out against Francisco Emanuel Torres of Argentina this Saturday, November 13th in Anaheim, California. The 10-round junior middleweight bout can be seen live in America on Showtime while fans in Canada can catch it on TSN 3. Benavidez has been out of action for three years as his last bout was a 12th-round TKO loss at the hands of Terence Crawford in October, 2018 in a shot at the WBO Welterweight Title. Torres last fought in June when he beat Alexi Rivera by a nine-round unanimous decision to retain the WBA Fedecaribe Super Welterweight Title.
Benavidez Jr. vs Torres Betting Odds
- Francisco Emanuel Torres +750
- Jose Benavidez Jr. -1500
The 29-year-old Benavidez now fights out of Phoenix, Arizona and owns an impressive mark of 27-1 with 18 Kos. He’s the brother of former WBC Middleweight Champ David Benavidez and is a former WBA Interim and NABF Jr. Welterweight Champion. He’s boxed 135 rounds since turning pro back in 2010 and stands six-feet-tall with a 73-inch reach.
Benavidez won the interim WBA crown in Las Vegas back in December, 2014 when he beat former champion Mauricio Herrera by a close and controversial unanimous decision. Benavidez enjoyed a fine amateur career at 120-5 and at the age of 16 won a 2009 National Golden Gloves title to become the youngest boxer ever to win a national championship.
Benavidez didn’t waste any time turning pro as he did so the next year when he turned 17. He was the youngest pro boxer ever licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as the commission recognized his exceptional boxing skills and exempted him from the minimum age requirement of 18. Benavidez broke his hand in 2013 and sat out most of the year before returning in 2014.
As far as power goes, Benavidez is above average with a current knockout ratio of 64.3 per cent. Along with beating Herrera, he’s also defeated Jorge Paez Jr., Francisco Santana, Matthew Strode and Frank Rojas. He hasn’t exactly been taking on top-grade boxers during his career until stepping up in class against Crawford three years ago and wasn’t stopped until the final round.
Torres is a 32-year old with a record of 17-3 with 5 Kos. His record shows he lacks power with a current knockout ratio of just 25 per cent and he’s been stopped in one of his three losses. Those came at the hands of Hugo David Quiroz by six-round unanimous decision in 2016 when he was deducted a point in the final round, a six-round unanimous decision to Tomas Reynoso the same year when he was deducted a point in the fourth round and a second-round KO to Sebastian Papeschi in 2017.
Torres stands six-feet-tall with an unlisted reach so is the same height as Benavidez and he’s boxed just 114 rounds since making his pro debut back in 2013. His first 17 fights all took place in Argentina while he’s fought twice in America and once in Colombia. Torres captured the vacant Argentina Middleweight Title in 2019 with a 10-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Sanchez and took the vacant WBA Fedecaribe Super Welterweight Crown in 2020 via an eight-round unanimous decision over Cleotis Pendarvis.
This is basically a welcome back fight for Benavidez after sitting out the last three years and he may have some ring rust to battle through. Torres lacks power and is taking a step up in class so this is a fight Benavidez is expected to win and while he still needs to take Torres seriously, it’s a bout he shouldn’t have too much of a problem winning.
Benavidez is a class above Torres.
Play: Benavidez Jr. -1500 @ BetOnline.ag
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