Welterweight contender Jose Benavidez Jr. has been taken to hospital after being shot in the leg in Arizona, Pheonix police have confirmed.
According to TMZ Sports, the 24 year-old was walking in the street when Benavidez was approached my a suspect who subsequently opened fire.
Benavidez, 25-0 as a pro and signed with Top Rank, was struck in his leg, although authorities have stated the Californian’s life is not in any danger.
‘Merciless’ recently scored a decision win over Francisco Santana on the recent Terence Crawford v Viktor Postol undercard and has names like Mauricio Herrera and Jorge Paez Jr. on his unblemished record.
WBN has reached out for an update on the condition of Benavidez.