Flyweight prospect Joselito Velasquez makes U.S. debut on December 9
On December 9, exciting Mexican warrior Orlando “Siri” Salido will battle veteran contender Miguel Roman from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, live on HBO.
Another fighter on the card looking to further heat up the bright lights of Vegas is exciting flyweight prospect Joselito “El Huracan” Velasquez, someone whom fight fans should keep an eye on.
Velasquez, a 2016 Olympian and one of the brightest prospects among the little big men in boxing, will make his United States debut on the December 9 show.
Velasquez beings a wealth of amateur experience from which to draw, having represented his native Mexico in the 2016 Olympics, in Rio De Janeiro, along with being a two-time Pan-American Games gold medalist, just a couple of highlights in his impressive, 180-bout amateur career.
Velasquez, who is handled by highly respected manager Frank Espinoza and promoted by Zanfer Promotions, has won all four of his professional bouts, thus far, by knockout, since turning pro last December. And now, with his United States debut, he is looking to make some serious noise among the flyweight division in the professional ranks.
Velasquez, who trains out of Bellflower, California, under the watchful eye of Manny Robles, will look to keep building on his boxing skills. However Velasquez also likes to get down in the trenches and brawl, which should make him a fan favorite, once fans get to know the exciting 112-pounder.
UCNlLive caught up with veteran publicist Ricardo Jimenez, from his home in Los Angeles, someone who certainly knows a thing or two about up-and-coming boxing talent when he sees it. Jimenez has done PR work for some of the game’s greatest fighters, over his decades-long tenure in the sport, and he is very high on the Oaxaca, Mexico-born Velasquez.
“He has a real presence about him”, enthused Jimenez. “You don’t always see that in young boxers just coming up but he really has that already. He is a very mature fighter, for a boxer just coming up and you don’t always see the presence he has in young fighters.”
Asked to describe his style, it is clear that Velasquez already sounds very fan-friendly.
“Well, you know, he is a good boxer and I would describe him as a boxer-puncher,” said Jimenez, “but he can brawl and he can slug it out. He likes to engage. He knows what the Mexican fans like and he likes to fight to please his Mexican fans. He knows how to box from his amateur experience because that is how they box but, as a pro, he does box but he also likes to engage and he is very exciting.”
Velasquez will get great exposure fighting on a card like the Salido-Roman show and it is clear that manager Frank Espinoza wants to keep his flyweight prospect active.
“He’ll be shown on Mexican TV, on this upcoming card, and that is great for him,” said Jimenez. “He has fought twice in Cancun, where he grew up, so he is building a following there. Zanfer does shows down there, so they will keep him busy on those shows. They plan to keep him busy and build his following.”
And in a recent interview, Velasquez himself made it clear that he has his eyes on the big prize: A world championship.
“I have always dreamed about becoming a professional boxer and winning a world championship. I will work very hard to reach my goals and become well-known in the sport and to reach the ultimate heights,” said Velazquez.