|Nacho on Edwin Valero: "Last thing he did, he beat his mother"
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 7, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing - In a recent "must read" interview, Gabriel Montoya (MaxBoxing) interviewed the legendary boxing trainer, Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain. During the interview an assortment of hot topics were discussed. Below is just one small part on late Edwin Valero. It's deep and yes... because of the subject matter (Valero was no Angel), it's also very dark. Follow the link at the bottom for the whole interview. I must say Nacho makes for an extremely interesting read and Montoya does a superb job in piecing it all together.
Montoya writes: For his fight with Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya hired Beristain to work his corner. One of the sparring partners for the fight was the late Edwin Valero, who did not last long in camp. Beristain offered his thoughts on the late lightweight titleholder who reportedly killed himself in a jail in Venezuela in April 2010 after killing his wife the night before.
“He was a bit crazy,” said Beristain. “As a fighter, he was bad but when he hit, he hit very...[hard]. But look at the story of that fighter. Since he was a kid, he was a thief. When he was young, he would go, for example, on a motorcycle with someone on the back and they would find somebody else with a motorcycle, get him off and steal it. One day, the cops [gave chase] and he hit a post. A metal plate had to be implanted on him. That's why here in the US, they didn't allow him to fight. He was somewhat crazy. He married a very beautiful woman and used to beat her quite frequently. She shot him in the [inaudible]. The last thing he did, he beat his mother."
Check out the interview: A Conversation w/ Nacho Beristain By Gabriel Montoya, MaxBoxing. Nacho had more to say about Valero, including confirmation of what until this point was a rumored black eye Valero gave De La Hoya.
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