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Jose Benavidez Jr stops Jorge Paez Jr in the 12th round of Tru TV Main Event

In the main event of Tru TV’s Friday Night Knockout segment Jose Benavidez Jr, who fought in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ kept his record intact after going 11 solid, hard fought rounds with Jorge Paez Jr before stopping him at the start of the 12th and final round. The fight would mark Benavidez first defense of his Interim Jr Welterweight title since winning it from Mauricio Herrera.

In the first round, Benavidez was able to use his long reach and height advantage to keep Paez Jr away. Paez Jr was unable to do anything up until the second round where he got on the inside and backed Benavidez into the ropes, where he had his only real chance to win. Paez landed some good shots on Benavidez but would eventually let him slip away.

Benavidez came out strong in the third, landing a good hard body shot that prompted Paez Jr to take a knee early. It seemed as if Paez was done and Benavidez would take advantage of the moment. Benavidez jumped on him right away, and banged him up with hard shots but seemed to back off as Paez took the punches and survived the remainder of the round.

As the fight progressed, Paez seemed to be able to easily take Benavidez to the ropes continuously landing body shots. Benavidez would be forced to fight off the ropes, tagging Paez Jr with very good combinations but seemed to have little to no effect as Paez would stay on him.

The sixth round produced the most action as both men went toe to toe swinging wildly and landing good punches. Paez Jr looked to be the more aggressive fighter in the round, backing Benavidez up over and over again against the ropes. He would let his hands go and was able to tag Benavidez himself but also ate a lot of combinations.

Finally, Benavidez seemed to control the remainder of the fight, he even switched southpaw in the final rounds. Possibly looking to land a good body shot off his right hand that could have ended the fight. Even while fighting off the ropes, he started to block a lot of the punches Paez Jr was throwing and was successfully landing his combination shots that Paez seemed to now be taking very well.

As the fight looked to be going to the distance, Benavidez came out very strong in the 12th, landing a right and a left that put Paez Jr down and ended the fight after Paez Jr was unresponsive to the referee.

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