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Jesse Benavides (born November 8, 1963 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American former professional boxer.
|Real name||Jesse Benavides|
|Height||5 ft. 4 in. (163 cm.)|
|Born||November 3, 1963|
Corpus Christi, Texas, US
|Wins by KO||25|
Jesse Benavides was the 1981 National AAU Light Flyweight Champion and 1983 National ABF Bantamweight Champion. Jesse Benavides was a four time State Golden Gloves Champion. Jesse also was the 1981 Light Flyweight National Golden Gloves Champion, the 1982 Flyweight National Golden Gloves champion, and the 1983 Bantamweight National Golden Gloves Champion. Jesse Benavides was runner up at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Jesse Benavides began his Professional career in 1984 and on 11-20-1987 Benavides won the United States Boxing Association (USBA) 122lbs Championship. On 05-24-1991 Jesse Benavides won the WBO super bantamweight World Title with a win over Orlando Fernandez. Jesse defended the belt once before losing it in London, England to Duke McKenzie in 1992. On 05-21-1993 Jesse Benavides won the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) 122 lbs. Championship and earned a title fight against Tracy Harris Patterson. Benavides loss a close unanimous decision. He also loss a close decision to Kevin Kelly for the WBC Featherweight Title in 1994. Benavides retired in 1996 after a KO loss to Marco Antonio Barrera for the WBO super bantamweight title.
Awards: Jesse Benavides won the Outstanding Boxer Award of the 1982 Golden Gloves National Tournament, in 1983 Benavides was the winner of the Sullivan Award for Amateur Boxer Of the Year. In 1991 Jesse Benavides was honored to be named the recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Medallion of Excellence Award, for Role Model of the Year in Washington DC.