The 27 wins all by knockout ended its streak when Edwin Valero decided to take matters on his own hand by killing himself after being detained for the murder of his 24 year old wife. There were already signs that this would happen but there were no measures being presented before this tragedy unveil.
In February 5, 2001, Valero had a severe motorcycle accident in which he wasn’t wearing any helmet and doctors found blood clots on his brain after a fractured skull which banned him to fight in the US. That was a clear indication that Valero should stop boxing because it’s a high risk and the degree of being hit again in the head over and over again can be fatal. But the Venezuelan doctors cleared Valero and give him a clean bill of health and that’s why he started fighting again. Maybe that could have save Valero from damaging his brain cells. Long before Valero became part of Top Rank he was managed by Akihiko Honda and Honda gave Bob Arum some heads up on Valero that he is a drug and alcohol user so Arum already knew what Valero is made of. In September 2009 Valero was accused of hitting his mother and his sister in a feud but was denied by Valero and his mother defended him saying it was mere ploy to ruin Edwin’s career. Last Month Valero was accused of mauling his wife sending her to the hospital on a damaged lung and fractured ribs but his wife defended him again refusing to file charges on Valero.
Edwin was always protected by higher officials and his problems became deeper and deeper. If we did something awful we could never know if it was wrong if we are never reprimanded. The first assault could have put Valero in jail and his two children could still have their mother.
Valero look for the easiest way out and refused to face the consequences. It was his hands that took him to stardom it was also his hands that ended everything.
A tragic ending to one of boxing’s greatest knockout fighter…
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