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Valero ready for U.S. spotlight

Rafael Soto Top Rank/Zanfer

Edwin Valero knows he is considered the best lightweight in the world and that his explosiveness has made him one of the most popular fighters of hardcore boxing fans who have followed his career as he has traveled the world. “I have not had many opportunities to fight in front of the American audience and that’s why this fight Saturday is so important to my career,” said Valero, today in the final press conference that was held in the historic steel factory know as the “Fundadora” where the City of Monterrey, Mexico was born.

Valero (26-0, 26 KO’s) of Venezuela, the World Boxing Council Lightweight champion of the world will defend his title against Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday at the Monterrey Arena in a fight that will televised by Showtime live in the United States.

“The fight is not going to be easy. DeMarco is a young hungry fighter that wants to win just as much as I do, but my experience and power will help to get this win and get me the attention I have been seeking since I became a world champion,” said Valero, a former WBA super featherweight champion.

Valero who is 7-0 with 7 KO’s in world championship fights, won the WBC lightweight title on April 4th of last year with a spectacular two round knockout over Antonio Pitalua in Austin, Texas.

“I know what need to be done in the gym in order to be ready for fights and I have sacrificed a lot to get to this level. The easy part is getting ready for fight, sacrifice to make the weight and then throw punches and receive punches in the ring, the hard part is being away from your family for so much time and not having them with you when you need them the most,” said Valero.

Valero won the WBA 130 pound championship in August of 2005 in Panama with a 10 round knockout victory of Vicente Mosquera in what has been the longest fight of his professional career so far.

“I have never gone in the ring looking to knock anybody out, but I know that if I hit someone with a solid shot with either hand they are going down. And when I see someone hurt I will go all out to take them out,” said Valero.

Valero won his first 18 fights by first round knockouts and has a total of 19 first round knockouts and only four fights have gone more then six rounds, including his last fight a six round stoppage of Hector Velazquez on December 19 in Venezuela.

“I love fighting in Mexico, because this fans know their boxing in appreciated the sport. For me its a joy to fight here and to give them the best possible performance that I can,” added Valero.

During today’s press conference, Mauricio Sulaiman of the WBC, presented plaques to both Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer for their effort to present high quality boxing in Mexico as part to the Bicentennial celebration.

The weight-in is schedule for 2:00 p.m. local time in the Arena Monterrey, the site of the fight on Saturday, night.

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