Jose Benavidez Returned With a Win on Saturday Night (Photo: Top Rank Boxing)
By Chris Robinson
Earlier tonight, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., former world champion Jose Benavidez Jr. needed just one minute and 24 seconds to knock out previously undefeated Frank Rojas on the Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn undercard.
Benavidez landed a big right hand and followed it up with a short shot to the liver that had Rojas down and out before their scheduled 10-round match could get rolling. Referee Vic Drakulich wisely waved the contest off.
Benavidez improvs to 27-0 with 18 knockouts while Rojas falls to 22-1 (21 KO’s). Benavidez has been eyeing a shot at former two-division world champion Terence Crawford, who challenges WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn for his title later tonight.
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