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Edwin Valero
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Real name Edwin Valero
Nickname(s) El Inca
El Dinamita
El Terminator
The Liquidator[1]
Rated at Lightweight
Height 5 ft. 7¬Ĺ in. (171 cm.)
Nationality Venezuela Venezuelan
Birth date December 3, 1981 (1981-12-03) (age 28)
Birth place Bolero Alto, Mérida, Venezuela
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 27
Wins 27
Wins by KO 27
Losses 0
Draws 0
No contests 0

Edwin Valero (born December 3, 1981 in Bolero Alto, and raised in El Vig√≠a, [both locations in M√©rida, Venezuela]) is an undefeated southpaw boxer who fought in the super featherweight (130 lb) division until he moved up to lightweight. His professional boxing record is 27-0 (27 KOs, 19 of which occurred in the first round). Valero is a former WBA Super Featherweight champion and former WBC Lightweight champion who is known by boxing fans for his style and punching power.

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Boxing career

Valero started boxing at the age of 12, reportedly compiling an amateur record of 86-6 with 57 knockouts. He was Venezuelan amateur champion three years running, as well as Central and South American Champion (beating Francisco "Panchito" Bojado).

On February 25, 2006, Valero set a new world record by winning his first 18 fights as a professional by first-round knockout (that record has since been broken by Tyrone Brunson). The previous record for consecutive first-round knockouts was 15 by Young Otto (record), who accomplished the feat in 1905. In Valero's nineteenth fight (March 25, 2006), Genaro Trazancos ended the first-round knockout streak by surviving until the second round.

Because of his punching power and perfect knockout ratio, he became the darling of boxing fans. His biggest backers in the sport includes Doug Fischer of RingTV.com (who regularly covers Valero in his articles for the website which also aired videos of his workouts and sparring sessions) and Boxing Inside with Peter Palmiere (Boxing Inside airs on SPTV Channel 33 every Thursday night at 7pm.) The Los Angeles local cable show also aired Valero's workouts, sparring sessions and interviews conducted by journalist Palmiere.

Valero defeated Vicente Mosquera by tenth-round TKO on August 5, 2006. With this win, Valero won the WBA super featherweight title and has defended it four times. The last fight was against Takehiro Shimada in Tokyo on June 12, 2008.

On September 3, 2008, Valero vacated his WBA title and moved up to the lightweight class.[2]

On April 4, 2009, Valero fought Antonio Pitalua for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The fight in Austin marked the first time Valero fought in the United States since 2003. After an uneventful first round, Valero knocked Pitalua down just seconds into the second round with a right hook. Pitalua got up, but was put down to the canvas again as Valero continued the assault on him. After getting up again, Pitalua was trapped in a corner with Valero throwing an accumulating amount of punches that eventually caused the referee to step in and stop the fight. [3]

His next fight was against Hector Velasquez in his hometown of Caracas Venezuela. Valero stopped Hector Velazquez by RTD 7, successfully defending his WBC Lightweight world title for the first time. Valero defeated Antonio DeMarco by TKO in February 2010. Valero vacated his WBC Lightweight title to move up in weight to Junior Welterweight and expected to face Lamount Peterson this summer with the ultimate goal of challenging Manny Pacquiao in the future.

Career roadblocks

On February 5, 2001, Valero was involved in a severe motorcycle accident in which he wasn't wearing a helmet. He fractured his skull and had surgery to remove a blood clot. This injury was sustained prior to him launching his pro career, and it has created roadblocks to major bodies sanctioning his fights. Valero claims that his Venezuelan doctor cleared him to fight on January 17, 2002, and he turned pro that July with a first-round KO.

Valero appeared to hit the jackpot when he was signed after his 12th pro fight by Golden Boy Promotions. Valero was scheduled to appear on HBO's Boxing After Dark, but in January 2004, he failed an MRI due to brain scan irregularities in New York and thus was not allowed to fight in the United States. As a result, the fight did not take place. He has continued to fight outside the US, and, as of March 25, 2008, Valero was cleared to box in the state of Texas.

Allegations on assault

It was reported on September 27, 2009 that Edwin Valero had been arrested on assault charges. A man alleged that the boxer attacked his mother and sister over a feud.[4] Valero, however, denied the allegations and considers them an attempt to harm his reputation. His mother even came forward to tell the media that no foul play was involved either.[5]

Professional championships

Preceded by
Vicente Mosquera
WBA Super Featherweight Champion
August 5, 2006 ‚Äď September 3, 2008
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jorge Linares
Vacant
Title last held by
Manny Pacquiao
WBC Lightweight Champion
April 4, 2009 ‚Äď February 9, 2010
Status Changed:Emeritus champion
Vacant
Title next held by
Humberto Soto
Preceded by
Young Otto
Fifteen
Most Consecutive 1st Round Knockouts
Eighteen
Succeeded by
Tyrone Brunson
Nineteen

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