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Valero (14-0, 14 KOs) fights despite U.S. ban

Venezuelan Edwin Valero fights despite the discovery of brain trauma -- and a subsequent ban from U.S. boxing. Boasting 14 first-round KOs, unbeaten Valero pursues a world title.

Updated: July 26, 2005, 3:02 PM ET
By Sebastián Contursi | ESPNdeportes.com

A little more than a year ago, Edwin Valero was considered one of the brightest prospects in pro boxing.

After 12 consecutive first-round knockout victories, he signed a contract with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions company and his future appeared bright.

But the emerging super featherweight star's career was put in limbo just days before his scheduled HBO-televised fight against Francisco Lorenzo in New York. In late January 2004, Valero failed a prefight physical. The examination ...

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