Earlier tonight in Monterrey, Mexico, WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero made a tremendous showing on premium cable channel SHOWTIME, as he completely dismantled a highly touted Mexican fighter in Antonio DeMarco. Valero was simply the better man from the opening bell until DeMarco stayed on his stool and failed to come out for the tenth round.
Known as a consummate brawler coming into this fight with each of his 26 fights ending in knockout, Edwin Valero displayed more than just the furious offensive style that has made him famous in boxing circles. Although he was far more aggressive than Antonio DeMarco throughout, he showed some patience in totally breaking down his opponent, landing stiff one-two combinations, a hard jab, as well as four and five punch volleys.
Most impressive was Edwin Valero’s defensive skills. Despite constantly keeping his hands low, the champion used distance and footwork to avoid his taller and longer opponent’s counterpunches. Regardless, he could not avoid getting caught by a vicious accidental elbow from DeMarco that left the champion with a gruesome gash over the right side of his forehead, but Valero effectively fought through the obstacle as if nothing had happened at all.
The Showtime telecast crew kept referring to Edwin Valero as a younger looking version of Manny Pacquiao, but he currently displays far more all-around skills than the version of Pacquiao who destroyed Marco Antonio Barrera back in 2003. While not as fast as Pacquiao seven years ago or today for that matter, he certainly punches as hard and arguably has more versatile tools in his arsenal. Defensively, there is no comparison as Edwin Valero is far superior to that past version of the current pound-for-pound champion.
Speaking of Manny Pacquiao, there has been a great deal of talk over the last year about Edwin Valero being a future opponent. Although there are still more deserving potential opponents at this point, a fight with Valero would be quite intriguing and generate a ton of excitement for as long as it lasts, given both men are incredibly aggressive and always aim for the knockout.
Of course this is boxing, so nothing is as simple as it seems to be. Edwin Valero suffered a bicycle accident some years ago, causing a brain abnormality that has prevented him from regularly competing in the United States. Furthermore, he was recently arrested for a DUI charge in Texas and denied a visa into the U.S. as a result. These factors may impede a bout with Manny Pacquiao anytime soon, but if Edwin Valero keeps knocking guys out the way he has done his entire career, such a bout will be mandated by both boxing fans and media alike.