It was a fallacy to think lightweight sensation Edwin Valero was a one-dimensional puncher, which isn't the same as saying he's a master craftsman in the ring. But he showed off every skill he has Saturday on Showtime in beating up young Antonio DeMarco and forcing his corner to call a halt to it at the conclusion of the 9th round.
It's the punching power that always stands out in Valero's game, but what caught my eye was his exceptional defense. I'd said before the fight that Valero looks vulnerable and wild at times, but I also noted that he's really good at controlling distance and has nice reflexes on D. If Valero fights like this every time out -- and there's no guarantee he does, because even he acknowledged this was his best performance -- I go from being dubious that any lightweight in the world beats him to damn-near certain.
A recap of the fight, followed by a continually-updating list of other Saturday night results: