Del Valle facing tough challenge this Saturday

This week, undefeated super bantamweight (122 lbs) Luis “Orlandito” del Valle (14-0, 11KO’s) is finishing up preparations in Newburgh, New York for his bout against José Beranza (34-21-2, 26 KO’s), to be held January 21st, 2012 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Beranza, who is well respected and considered a tough rival, is just coming off a win against Christopher Martin, who was until then undefeated in his previous 25 matches.

Raymond Rivera, Orlandito’s trainer and manager said: “We’ve been working very hard in Puerto Rico and Newburgh ( New York ) getting ready for the fight. It’s gonna be ’round by round’, very smart as always”. “He’s a great fighter”, said Del Valle about Beranza. “Other prospects and great champions haven’t been able to defeat him, but we are more than ready for this challenge and to bring another triumph for my island”. The Bayamón native is part of ‘Team Puerto Rico’, a collaboration between promoters Gary Shaw Productions (GSP), DiBella Entertainment (DBE), Universal Promotions (UP) and Warriors Boxing (WB).

Raymond Rivera and 'Orlandito' del Valle

As a professional at the featherweight division (126 lbs.), del Valle won the New York State title after defeating veteran Pascal Rouse, and won the WBA’s regional title, the North American Boxing Association’s (NABA) after defeating Vietnamese fighter Dat Nguyen (17-1, 6KO’s at the time) by unanimous decision on the eve of New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.This event is part of Dibella Entertainment’s ‘Broadway Boxing’ series, in which the main fight will feature fellow Boricua and junior welterweight (140 lbs.) Gabriel ‘Tito’ Bracero (18-0, 3KO’s) who will take on former world champion, DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (37-19-1, 22KO’s).Tickets ($45, $65, $85 and $125) are available at Ticketmaster: 1.800.475.3000, www.ticketmaster.com.

Luis 'Orlandito' del Valle training in December at the Juan “Popo” Guzmán Gym in Cupey Alto, Puerto Rico.