Edwin Valero; Dynamite Fists

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Recently I found myself watching back over some of former Venezuelan world champion Edwin Valero's old fights and in particular, one outstanding documentary that really depicts the behind the scenes side of his boxing career very well.

His end in life came in tragic and violent circumstances back in 2010, when he committed suicide after been arrested at the time on suspicion of the murder of his wife.

His troubled life outside the ring was in a sense a metaphor for his ferocious fists within it, an incredible puncher - with enough power in his fists to trouble anyone.

He was a two-weight world champion in both the super-featherweight and lightweight divisions that saw him capture WBC belts in both weight classes, but it was perhaps his record that he will never be forgotten for.

To this day, he's still the only man in WBC champion history to win all of his fights by knockout.

A remarkable stat when you look at his overall fight career that saw him terrorize opponents on route to compiling a 27-0 (27KO) record as a professional between 2002 and 2010.

The overriding feeling I get when watching back over Edwin's fights is, what could have been? He really was a special talent.

The stories of his sparring partners being wiped out day after day are one of legend, hardened professional warriors forced to retreat, give up or not turn up the next day after getting in the ring with him.

Very few could live with him even in sparring, with many a fighter complaining of terrible pain suffered on their arms and elbows.

That's the sign of real power.

A man who had the ability to hurt places on the body that would normally act as a shield from blows to the head and torso is surely frightening prospect for any boxer to contend with.

His career didn't go all to plan either, and he had to contend with multiple outside the ring issues that put a halt to his fighting at different times.

He had to fight outside the US in the early part of his career after failing an MRI scan in New York that surfaced up problems from a previous motor cycle accident he was involved in.

That was not to deter him though, and he continued on but outside the ring problems were never too long away unfortunately.

Valero was accused of assault at different points during his career and when his wife was brought into hospital one time with a damaged long, the doctors at the time had doubts over where the injuries came from.

His ferocious personality made him an unstoppable force in the ring though, with one time near the end saw him linked with a potential fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Imagine that for a match up? Two of perhaps the most explosive lighter weight fighters ever, certainly of their generation.

Two southpaws who loved to stand toe to toe, fireworks would have no doubt been created.

For pure boxing skills you'd probably have to give the edge to Pacquiao, who no doubt would have had an excellent game plan from Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach, but someone of Valero's power would have given any lightweight in history problems, even the likes of Pacquiao.

At 28 years of age when he died he was realistically only coming into the prime of his career, the peak of his noble art powers.

Sadly we'll just never know how good a fighter he could have truly become. But one things for sure, boxing fans won't forget him. 

He could be one of the hardest punchers pound for pound in the sport's history.