By Hilmar Rojas Erazo
In a humid and cold environment, WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero ended preparations for the second defense of his belt this Saturday in the Arena Monterrey against interim champion Antonio DeMarco. Valero sparred a total of 120 rounds in the gym against three lefties who helped him improve his speed, strength and of course, strategy. “The Great Battle” as the card is being called here, will be televised in the U.S. on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, in Mexico on Televisa and in Venezuala on Meridiano TV. “What I tell all the fans is do not miss this match because I will get an important victory. No doubt about it. I hope all of my fans enjoy it, as well as Venezuelans in general,” said the 135 pound monarch.
For the moment, Valero is limited to jogging and do a bit of shadow boxing. He’s only waiting for the official weigh-in on Friday at 1PM in Monterrey (2:30PM Venezuela). He has no more public appearances or publicity commitments scheduled and plans to wait calmly for the final press conference on Thursday at the Foundry Park.
“We did a lot of promotion,” said Valero. “Every day doing media interviews for television, going to the gym, making visits to the local sites, press conferences, and even a visit the governor. The truth is I want to focus and dedicate myself to what I have to do. All this time it was only me who was doing the promotion because DeMarco wasn’t here.”
The interim champion and challenger Antonio DeMarco has now surfaced in Monterrey after preparing for the bout in Tijuana. Upon his arrival, at an informal meeting in the hotel dining room, the 24-year-old stated that he’s happy for the opportunity the Venezuelan champion is giving him. “I want the best for me and my family,” he said, “that I’ll always want. I think my best weapon is the motivation that I bring. Edwin is a great champion. I have always said I respect him and I hope it will be a great fight.”