Boy, Edwin Valero news just keeps getting worse. Just recently, Valero was denied a work visa due in large part to a DUI he was charged with in Texas earlier this year. Texas, by the way, being the only state he's currently licensed to box because of a head injury from years ago. Valero claimed discrimination from the U.S. government because of his support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Now, Valero has been arrested for domestic violence in Venezuela. Actually, he was arrested last week, but it's just now reached the news up here.
Valero was arrested last week after a neighbor called emergency services and told authorities the boxer had struck his mother and a sister during a family dispute, according to a report published on Sunday in El Universal.
Police in the town of El Vigia -- Valero's hometown -- would not confirm or deny the newspaper report, arguing they were not authorized to discuss the issue with the media.
Valero's representatives could not be reached for comment.
You think Bob Arum might regret ever signing this guy? It's going to be a huge uphill climb to get him licensed in Nevada, California, New York, New Jersey, etc. -- basically all the states that generally hold major cards. Plus once he gets into Texas, he gets charged with a DUI. And now he's arrested on domestic violence charges in Venezuela.
As far as his boxing career goes, there has been some talk that he could fight on December 12 in Venezuela, but who knows with that now, and even if he does, he's unlikely to take on anyone any better than the mediocre opponents he's been facing so far in his 25-fight, 25-win, 25-knockout career, and getting him bigger fights was sort of the entire reason for him to leave Japan's Teiken Promotions and sign with Top Rank anyway. But Valero really has no one to blame but himself.