During the long and storied history of professional boxing the sport has had it's share of scumbags, criminals, murderers, and total pieces of shit. The sport draws in the dregs off society. It is a sport forever associated with poverty, hunger, drive, gambling, alcohol and drugs. Rightfully, or wrongly, the sport is seen as sordid, dirty, and disgusting. With that in mind we will be talking about one of the sports more sordid figures here, though we won't be focusing on what he did out of the ring and instead just a single bout of his from 2005.
Whilst we will, one day, go into the career and life of Edwin Valero, the Japanese promoted Venezuelan who killed his wife, today isn't that day, and instead we're going to just look at one of his senational KO's and the reason we, as boxing fans, were so excited about him during his career.
Edwin Valero (15-0, 15) vs Hero Bando (14-7-6, 8)
After making his professional debut in 2002 Edwin Valero went on a sensational run to begin his career, scoring a string of first round T/KO's. Whilst some of his early competition was dreadful, legitimately dreadful, he had began stepping up his quality of opponents in 2005. Later that year he made his Japanese debut, beginning a long association with the country. By this point Valero was 15-0 (15). He had never seen the bell to end round 1, and had already picked up wins in Venezuela, USA, Argentina, and Panama.
For his Japanese debut Valero was up against Hero Bando. Whilst far from a world beater Bando was a decent and accomplished Japanese fighter who had fought against some decent domestic talent. He had been stopped a couple of times, once by the tremendously hard hitting Yuji Watanabe and once by Ryuta Miyagi, but he was certainly no push over. In fact later in his career he went 12 rounds with Takashi Uchiyama, in an OPBF title fight, and 9 rounds with Seiichi Okada, in a Japanese title fight.
Bando was expected to take Valero beyond a round. He was expected to be a test for the Venezuelan. And then we saw Valero do what Valero was doing to everyone else.
Valero came out swinging and after just 15 seconds he put Bando down. Bando got back to his feet but was quickly under pressure as Valero was proving himself to be legit. Bando fought back, out of desperation, but it didn't work and he was taking real punishment until a huge, looping, wide right hook connected clean and sent Band down face first. Prompting the doctor to wave off the contest immediately.
This was proof that Valero really was a dynamite puncher. Bando hadn't just been stopped but was still shaky when he hgt helped to his feet.
As mentioned after this fight Bando went on to have bouts for Japanese and OPBF titles. On the other hand Valero went on to become a 2-weight world champion, winning world titles at 130lbs and 135lbs before his death in 2010, with a record of 27-0 (27), makings him one of the very few world champions to end his career having never tasted defeat as a professional.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).