Edwin Valero: The Explosive "Señorita" from Venezuela

Huwebes FernandezCorrespondent IApril 14, 2009

"Señorita" is clearly defined as a Spanish title of respect or a formal address given to an unmarried woman or a girl. Another description of it is a .22-caliber pistol that, when fired at any part of a person’s body, especially the head, can become really lethal and perilous.

Edwin Valero, a rising star who hails from Venezuela, is a vicious knockout artist who never fails to make his opponents kiss the canvas.

He has an undefeated record and all of his 25 wins came from brutal knockouts, and no one (no one!) has ever made it through the fight to raise his arms in the air.

None have survived the onslaught brought to them by that explosive señorita who always fires his bullets straight into the heads of his aspiring adversaries.

I think that, in the near future, if he can fine tune all his skills in boxing, he will be the king of the sport, and he can take the load from Pacquiao to be the next darling and pound-for-pound king of the boxing world.

Yes, the colossal power is there. All he must do is improve his defense, speed, and his technical skills. If he can complete this step by step process like Pacquiao did, he could easily conquer higher weight divisions and imitate or surpass what some of the great fighters have done in the past.

He could be a legend. It all depends on whether or not he has what it takes to be a great champion in the future.

I can see that every time he fights. He has that unique look in his eyes that only ferocious predators have. His willingness to trade is one of the most essential factors in the sport to be a bankable star.

He also puts his full power behind each and every punch he throws at his enemy.

In his last fight against Antonio Pitalua we saw how Valero used his feet to launch his attacks from a distance until that fatal second round, when he unleashed that perfectly timed right hook into the chin, almost knocking out Pitalua.

Smelling blood like a wild animal, Valero continued his assault on Pitalua to register his second knockdown of the fight. After that, a barrage of multiple power punches came.

Wasting no time like always, Valero battered the poor Pitalua until his body and face couldn't take it anymore. The referee waved off the fight.

Edwin Valero won the WBC lightweight championship belt that Manny Pacquiao (his dream match) just recently vacated, and with that victory comes a lingering road to greatness.

He can be an excellent pugilist, or he can be horrendous chump. But what really matters most is his passion to do the best that he can while he is still a young champion.

I hope that after Manny Pacquiao retires, this one dimensional boxer will be the king and the carrier of this combat sport in the future. And though I am not one of his countrymen or avid supporters, Valero must represent the sport well because, as Pacquiao and the Uncle of Spiderman said, “with great power comes great responsibility.”