Star Boxing is pleased to announce that unbeaten Jr. featherweight Roberto Benitez - one of the most highly decorated amateur boxers in United States history and a 2004 Olympic team member - is joining the New York based promotional company’s roster of world-class fighters.
“Roberto Benitez is a young man with talent and charisma, and he’s got ‘star’ written all over him,” said Star Boxing’s Joe DeGuardia. “I’m proud to have him on the team here, and what’s even better is that this is a New York fighter with a strong local following, so we’ll be able to bring him to his hometown fans on a regular basis.” Benitez (3-0, 2 KOs) is expected to be back in action this spring.
One of only four amateur boxers in history to win five US Championship titles, the 25-year-old Benitez utilized slick boxing skills and an exciting style to earn a spot as a 2000 Olympic alternate and as the US’ bantamweight representative for the 2004 Olympics (only a loss in a pre-Olympic qualifier kept him from the Athens Games). As a pro, he has continued his success, winning all three of his bouts, two by knockout. In his last bout, on November 19, 2005, Benitez stopped Nick Shaheen in less than a round. His next fight will be April 7 on Star Boxing's ESPN2 show in Tampa at Florida State Fairgrounds in a 6 rounder - special attraction on Nate Campbell-Issac Hlatswayo title eliminator card. This will be Star Boxing second of back to back ESPN shows, the first one being March 31 from Mohegan Sun, Griffin-Jones USBA Title Fight.
Outside the ring, Benitez - who owns an associate degree in business from Northern Michigan University - enjoys writing poetry and is also interested in crossing over into acting.