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Valero vying to extend record

THE man with the best current record in boxing, Edwin Valero (26 fights, 26 wins, 26 stoppages), bids to keep up his destructive run at the expense of Antonio De Marco in Monterrey, Mexico, tonight.

But the Venezuelan knockout king says he doesn't go into any fight looking for a quick victory, and his main priority is to gain the win and stay undefeated.

Valero is making a mandatory defence of his WBC lightweight title against De Marco, a Mexican based in California, who has lost once and drawn once in 25 contests. He has stopped 17 opponents.


"De Marco is a good young fighter who has great aspirations, and I respect him a lot," said Valero. "But he hasn't got my experience. I'm confident that once I connect with one of my power punches, he will feel it."

Valero is a hot favourite to win the battle of southpaws, but the challenger is confident he will walk out of the ring with the championship belt. "It is my destiny," he declared.

"Valero is a great champion and it's an honour to get into the ring with him. I know his record and I know he hits hard, but we've been working on several strategies. If one doesn't work, I'll make the proper adjustments to win."