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Valero confident and ready

Hilmar Rojas Erazo

By Hilmar Rojas Erazo

With only four days left before WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero makes his second defense against interim beltholder Antonio DeMarco, the Venezuelan is finishing up his last few days of preparations. Convinced he won’t have a problem holding onto the title, Valero is watching diet and taking care of various publicity commitments for the fight. He is comfortable in Monterrey, saying “they have treated me very well. They all are waiting for the fight to see me, and say to me that they are with me, and it’s incredible. They say that I am a very “regal” fighter, as they say in this region, which makes me feel good. Also, although I’m not a Mexican boxer, they want to see here and that makes more expectations.”

“I feel very good because the preparations have never stopped for approximately five months. I began training for the fight in December, rested only ten days, and starting training again. I feel much better than in December, because it’s necessary to remember that then I had gone many months without fighting. Now it’s different.”

Valero is currently only one kilo (2.2 lbs) over the weight, so this week his training regimen will be softer. He wrapped up his sparring on Monday night, going six rounds.

Stretching, moving a little and getting what is left, but without major demands. Valero will continue to work under the watchful eye of coach Mario Morales, and his trainer Jairo Alvarez. “The plan is to try to stay moving up to Thursday, and then spend that day in bed,” said the champion.

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