For this young baby-faced Mexican, winning two Pan American titles represents the most important achievement of his 10-year boxing career. Especially when the two gold medal wins have been against two Cuban boxers considered the best in the world.
On July 25, at the GM centre in Oshawa, Ontario, he defeated Joahnys Argilagos Perez; in 2011, in Guadalajara, Yosbany Veitia Soto.
"I'm very happy because I recognize the quality of Cuban boxers and to win twice is a great satisfaction," Velazquez said in a telephone interview from Mexico City. He departs in a few days to compete in the AMBC Continental Championship to qualify for Worlds and a take another step toward the 2016 Rio Olympics.
"My triumph four years ago, when I had not much experience, made me believe in myself," said Velazquez, who hopes soon to start his bachelor’s degree in physical education and who, when not training in Mexico City, spends his days in Cancun with his family, friends and girlfriend of four years.
Velazquez says that competing with the WSB Mexico Guerreros franchise has greatly helped his development as a boxer.
"I've learned to box with European and Asian boxers who have totally different styles than ours," he said.
He said that he is always prepared to win, but he knows that his opponents feel the same.
Velazquez is focused on winning his berth for Rio 2016, since in 2012 he failed to qualify.
"I was filled with nerves in the fight that could give me the qualification for London 2012, and I lost it," Velazquez said.
"This time it won’t happen.”
Joselito Velazquez Altamirano
Birthdate: September 30, 1993
Birthplace: In Oaxaca, but grew up in Cancun
Weight: 49kg Ligh Fly
He began boxing at age 12 as a hobby to learn to defend himself and liked it.
After nine months of training he won a national championship.
140 fights. Lost 12
Coaches: In Cancún, Cuban Adrian Nuñez. When training with Mexican Team, Francisco Bonilla.
He started in the junior league in 40kg, after 46kg (two years) and 49kg (4 years).
Greatest achievement: Two Pan American titles.
Favorite boxers: Julio Cesar Chavez and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Photo Credit: AMBC