The talented 23 year old first made a name for himself back in 2011 when he claimed the Pan American games gold medal at Light Flyweight beating Cuban sensation Yosbany Veitia in the final. He repeated that success 4 years later, over coming another Cuban sensation, Joahnys Argilagos, in the final.
Velazquez has gone to the 2016 games as a genuine gold medal contender but was beaten in the round of 16 by eventual gold medal winner Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan, who was the stand out fighter of the division and the very deserving gold medal winner.
With professional papers now signed Velzaquez ends an amateur career that saw him win around 160 bouts from approximately 180, giving him an impressive record.
Velazquez will be promoted by Teiken, following in the footsteps of compatriot Carlos Cuadras, and will be managed the well renowned Frank Espinoza and his debut is expected to come either at the end of 2016 or in early 2017. With a debuted expected to take place in one of the sports lower weight divisions. Given his amateur pedigree and Teiken's ability to financially back him it's likely he'll be moved quickly and could find himself in the world ranked 12 to 18 months after his debut, if he's as good a pro as he was amateur.