Valero prepares for Pitalua!
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Perhaps the most talent rich division in boxing, the lightweight class, will be on center stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, April 4th, as Golden Boy Promotions presents "Lightweight Lightning," an unprecedented four bout, lightweight pay-per-view event that will feature eight elite 135-pounders in four pivotal match-ups that will undoubtedly re-arrange the hierarchy of the highly competitive 135 pound division in one night.
In the "Lightweight Lightning" main event, revered and undefeated knockout artist Edwin Valero (24-0, 24 KOs) from Venezuela returns to the ring to face hard-hitting Colombian warrior Antonio Pitalua (46-3, 40 KOs) in a 12-round championship bout for the vacant WBC Interim World Lightweight crown.
One of the hardest punchers in boxing, pound-for-pound, Venezuela's Edwin Valero is making the leap from 130 pounds, where he held the WBA World Championship title for over two years, to the lightweight division where he hopes to win another world championship. A 27-year old southpaw, Valero won his first 18 bouts via first round knockout, making him an instant fan favorite. On April 4th, he will be looking to make a statement in the lightweight division.
"I look forward to extending my knockout streak for my American fans," said Valero. "Moving up to another division in the hope of capturing my second world title gives me all the incentive I need to train hard. As always, I'm hungry for a knockout, so on April 4th everyone can expect a victory by knockout over Antonio Pitalua."
"Lightweight Lightning" is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and will air live on pay-per-view beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT with a suggested retail price of $39.95. The unprecedented four-bout pay-per-view card features Edwin Valero vs. Antonio Pitalua in a 12 round bout for the vacant WBC World Lightweight Crown, Jesus Chavez vs. Michael Katsidis in a 10 round lightweight bout, Carlos Hernandez vs. Vicente Escobedo in a 10 round lightweight bout and Julio Diaz vs. Rolando Reyes in a 10 round lightweight bout. The four-bout lightweight extravaganza will take place on Saturday, April 4th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX.
Tickets priced at $200, $100, $75, $50, $35 and $25 are still on sale and may be purchased at the Frank Erwin Center box office, by phone at (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-2386 or online at TexasBoxOffice.com. Tickets are also available at Texas Box Office Outlets including select H-E-B stores located in Austin and surrounding areas.