03.01.07 - By Sean Ocampo: Venezuelan sensation Edwin "El Inca" Valero successfully defended his WBA Super Featherweight title for the first time against Mexican challenger Michael Lozada via first round TKO in Tokyo, Japan. Valero's win improved his amazing record to 21 wins with 21 KO's with 19 of his knockout wins coming in the very first round. Valero stalked Lozada right from the opening bell. He was feeling his opponent for awhile by throwing a couple of straight lefts to Lozada's body and also a few jabs. Valero found the perfect time to throw his powerful left hand just 39 seconds in to the fight as he drop Lozada for the first time. Lozada got up right away but he was obviously wobbly from Valero's vicious shot..
The champion stepped on the gas and finished the challenger with a devastating combination punctuated with his trademark left hand. Lozada tried to get-up but stumbled in to ropes. That prompted referee Rafael Ramos to call a halt to fight to avoid further damage to Lozada.
The future looks very bright for the young knockout artist from Venezuela with this successful defense. There have been talks about him being in the same ring as Pound for Pound sensation Manny Pacquiao in April in a fight that promises to be explosive. However, his promoter Akihiko Honda said that Valero still needs at least 3 defenses before getting ready to face someone like Pacquiao.
Regardless of being ready or not, Valero still possesses a great threat to elite fighters in his division. He is a fighter that people needs to keep an eye on because of his potential on becoming one of boxing’s elite fighters.