Family and life have given Jose Benavidez Jr. new perspective for his Saturday July 30 boxing match with Danny Garcia.
Jose Benavidez has a reputation for being a tough guy. And why not? He beats people for a living, survived the shooting, and recovered from the shooting when doctors told him he would never walk again.
However, Benavidez doesn’t see himself that way today.
A 2018 ESPN feature characterized Benavidez as a savage with a history of living in the fast lane. ESPN quoted Former boyfriend and rumored business partner Berny Montes once told Benavidez, “You fight so beautifully. Either you become a boxer and make a lot of money, or you become a gang member. But let me tell you something, you’re a bad gangster.”
Benavidez admits he used to enjoy the “tough guy” role, but that was a long time ago. Today he is focused on his family and boxing.
“It’s the best thing that has happened to my life,” Benavidez told FanSided about being a father. “You know, I live with my daughters, my family, my wife, my children. You know, it’s not about being Mr. Tough Guy anymore. It’s about spending time with my daughters, working hard and giving them the life I didn’t have.”
Benavidez is the father of four daughters ranging in age from four months to ten years. He cites the joy of fatherhood as the reason he didn’t fight from October 2018 to November 2021.
“I was off because my wife got pregnant, you know?” Benavidez said. “I didn’t want to miss anything. You know I wanted to be there 100 percent because I had a long streak in boxing. You know, I’d never really taken breaks before. I’ve never really celebrated Christmas, my birthday or any of those things. So I wanted to be there for my wife 110 percent.”
It’s a common occurrence for boxers. They start training at age 10 or younger, turn pro in their late teens or early 20s, and then compete as a pro until they retire. At some point, breaks are necessary or burnout occurs.
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Also, given the severe trauma he suffered in 2016, Benavidez was entitled to a break. While walking his dog, Benavidez was attacked and shot in his right leg. The bullet tore his femoral artery and required emergency surgery.
Benavidez’s injury was so severe that the function of his leg was in question.
“The doctor said never to walk again,” Benavidez said. “With your mind, your mind is very powerful. Your mind is very powerful. Anything you want to do, you can do. Like now, I don’t think about it.”
Benavidez defied all odds and got into the ring a year and a half after he was shot. He stopped Matthew Strode in round 8 via TKO in February 2018.
Benavidez’s physical recovery is a wondrous and inspiring story. Although his ability to walk was in jeopardy, he would not go back and change things if he could.
“Everything in life happens for a reason,” Benavidez said. “You have to learn from your mistakes, you know. In the end you could see that it opened my eyes more and maybe also matured. Everything in life happens for a reason and I wouldn’t take it back because I’ve learned a lot from it and just made myself a stronger person in life and in general.”
Benavidez’s resolve was being tested. His right leg seemed to give him trouble in his 2018 TKO loss to Terence Crawford. In his last fight against Francisco Torres in November, Benavidez and Torres fought in a fight to a tie many thought Benavidez deserved to lose.
His next opponent is two-time world champion Danny Garcia on Saturday, July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Garcia is a massive hindrance to Benavidez, but Garcia has also been inactive. Like Benavidez, Garcia also shared On the fan side, he needed a break from boxing.
Things may seem respectful and relatively tame between Benavidez and Garcia, but both are built for war in the ring. Benavidez noted that despite what’s on the surface, everyone’s a little crazy.
“I don’t know him personally,” Benavidez said of Danny Garcia. ” Seems like a good guy. Seems like a nice guy. Nothing against him. His father seems to be a cool gamer. I mean, I feel like we’re all crazy. You know? We’re all kinda crazy, or kinda you know. sometimes i go crazy I’m pretty sure you’re going crazy even though you have a good smile.”
Benavidez might be right. Inside everyone has something to do. It just depends on what rises to the surface to be let out.
Outwardly, Benavidez looks like a happy, even-tempered father of four. We’ll see how much of his inner beast he unleashes on Garcia, but maturity is looking good for the 30-year-old from Phoenix, AZ. Benavidez has been through a lot, but his wisdom is showing.
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