Bullying 24 opponents by knockout is not an easy feat especially if you down most of your opponents on the initial round. Edwin Valero did just that and come April 4 he would test the waters in the lightweight division an unfamiliar territory for him who started campaigning as a junior lightweight. Looking at Valero’s unblemished record there isn’t any established fighter he faced and it has stained his credibility as a legit world class fighter. Emmanuel Ford (5-20-2), Edgar Mendoza (0-8-1), Tomas Zambrano (0-4-0) and Jose Hernandez (1-5-0) are not even called contenders they were just sacrificial lambs to enhance Valero’s record. Edwin whose license was suspended due to a blood clot found on his head on a motorcycle accident has fought mostly overseas. He have been making noise calling all the big names in boxing like Manny Pacquiao, Juan Marquez and even Oscar De La Hoya where he was given the chance to spar with Oscar before trading gloves with Pacquiao but does he really have the credibility and legit claim for bigger fights? I think he does have the potential to be a world class champion and I can even say that he would be one of pound per pound greats someday. But Valero would just have to step it up with a tight and narrow competition on a star studded division. Marquez would be the pound per pound kingpin in lightweight together with fallen Juan Diaz and the British sensation Amir Khan; Valero believes he belongs with the class but still he has a lot to prove. Valero can fight Rocky Juarez, Humberto Soto and Chris John to erase doubts and level the competition. Fighting a rugged and somewhat old Antonio Pituala maybe beneficial for Valero sporting a 40-3 with an 81.63% KO Antonio is no patsy for that matter. But the only problem would be Antonio is an old veteran at age 39 although this is for the WBC lightweight title I think Valero will have a smooth sailing against Pituala. But then again winning a belt could get you much closer to fighting Marquez and other champion for that matter. This was a good career decision but sad to say Valero’s stained reputation is still intact. If he fights either of the top lightweights then that’s a different story.
Will Valero meet his match? Maybe in the near future but for now let’s see how good he looks against a durable veteran in Pituala. I got an inkling feeling that he is aiming for KO no.25 but he has to be careful this time he is up against a hungry fighter and we all know how hungry lions react when provoke. Edwin Valero knows there is a lot at stake this April 4 and he is dying to show to everybody how good he is. The belt is the important thing for Valero right now… Grab the belt and everything will follow… next Juan Manuel Marquez.