By Paul Upham: Not only did Edwin Valero
win the vacant WBC lightweight boxing world title, but he made a stunning and dramatic entry into big time boxing in the USA with a brutal 2nd round knockout win over Antonio Pitalua, headlining the “Lightweight Lightning” promotion on Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, USA.
“I really demonstrated that there is a lot of power in both of my hands,” Valero said, after the win. “I said in the press conference, as soon as he made a mistake and I could land one good punch, he would go. But not only him, anybody. If I can connect the punch, it is going to be the same result.”
27 year-old Valero 25-0 (25) from Venezuela was in an aggressive southpaw stance ready to pounce at the beginning of round 1. Valero was jabbing to the body as he cornered 39 year-old Pitalua 46-4 (40), a Colombian who resides in Mexico City, Mexico. Valero’s snapping punches were on target without much coming back from Pitalua, who attempted to land right hands. Valero launched a left hand and Pitalua responded with a right hand to the neck to end the round.
In the opening exchange of round 2, Valero sensationally dropped Pitalua with a short right hook to the jaw, after missing with his left hand. Pitalua beat the count, but Valero was all over him and after taking three left hands on the ropes, the older boxer crashed to the floor for the second time.
Pitalua regained his feet on wobbly legs and Valero swarmed again with left and right hands. Pummelled into the corner, a hurt Pitalua went down again.
Upon the third knockdown, referee Laurence Cole waved off the match at the 0:49 minute mark.