`The Venezuelan fights with a fury. Remember Tyson`s famous quote about wanting to drive his opponent`s nose into his brain? That`s the kind of fighter Valero is.
`I just give the people what they want to see,` Valero said. `They want to see guys get in there and fight like men.`
Most men, though, don`t fight like Valero, whose record is astonishing. He is 22-0 with 22 knockouts, including 19 in the first round.
But Valero hasn`t fought in the U.S. since 2003 and may never do so again because he`s under medical suspension in New York. By federal law, whenever a fighter is under suspension in one state, other states must honor it.
Valero`s suspension stems from injuries suffered in a Feb. 5, 2001, motorcycle accident in which he wasn`t wearing a helmet and suffered a fractured skull.
About a year later, he was cleared by doctors in Venezuela to fight and turned pro on July 9, 2002. He defeated Eduardo Hernandez by first-round knockout – the first of 18 in a row to start his career.
`I don`t even like to talk about it because it doesn`t matter,` Valero said. `I`m healthy. I can fight. So that doesn`t make any sense to talk about that.``