Featherweight prospect Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (5-0, 3 KOs) of South Central Los Angeles has signed a multiyear promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. The 21-year-old is set to return to the ring on the April 1 edition of LA Fight Club featuring Manuel Avila vs. Rene Alvarado at downtown Los Angeles’ Belasco Theater. This will be the second time the young prospect fights at LA Fight Club, where he was last seen in the ring on January 29 defeating Justin Lopez via technical knockout in the first round.
“Signing with a company as prestigious as Golden Boy Promotions is a dream come true,” said Edgar Valerio. “I grew up watching Oscar De La Hoya, and he is definitely someone I look up to in the sport. I know that being part of the Golden Boy Promotions team will open many doors for me. The team understands the sport; they work with their fighters very closely and have had experience creating champions. I know that with their support I can reach my goals of becoming one of the top ten featherweights in the division and a future multi-divisional world champion.”
“Golden Boy Promotions is always on the look out for the sport’s top, rising talent and we’ve found that once again with Edgar Valerio,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Edgar resembles the type of fighter we want in our stable; he’s hardworking, talented and is dedicated to doing what it takes to become a future world champion. We’re proud to welcome him into the Golden Boy family.”
Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio began his career at 11 years when his father introduced him to boxing at a local boxing club. Discovering his love for the sport and enjoying the opportunity to work with experienced trainers, Valerio flourished and began competing at amateur tournaments earning first place at the Silver Gloves, The Oxnard Pals, The Blue and Gold, and The Ringside Kansas City Tournaments. When the opportunity to become a professional arose Valerio decided that would be the best path for him and made his professional debut in 2012 defeating Fernando Fuentes via technical knockout in the fourth round. Since then, Valerio has stayed busy defending his undefeated status against Anthony Briones, David Reyes and Adrian Rodriguez. He was last seen in the ring defeating Justin Lopez in January of 2016 via a dramatic first round technical knockout.