Jose Benavidez Jr. is by all accounts a boxing prodigy:
He is the youngest Golden Gloves champion in U.S. history (age 16), sparred with Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan and trained with Freddie Roach and enters Saturday's bout at Wildhorse Pass Casino in Chandler with an 11-0 record as a pro. Ten of those wins have come by knockout after he turned pro at 17 years old.
"It's hard work but it's the sport I love," Benavidez recently told SB Nation Arizona's Jose Romero. "My main goal is to be a world champion. Ever since I was little that's what my dream has been... Hopefully one day I'll be a world champion and bring a belt back home to Phoenix, Arizona."
Romero will be live covering Benavidez Jr. as he goes for his 12th win as a pro on June 11 at Wild Horse Pass Casino, where Benavidez will face Denver's Corey Alarcon (14-17-1), a journeyman fighter who has fought big names like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Rocky Juarez. This might be a good time to check out the local hero before he becomes the next big name in boxing.