Carlos Velasquez
Carlos Velasquez

Carlos Ivan Velasquez

“Twin Dream”

RECORD

19 - 2 - 0

KOs

12

Weight 130 lbs (59.09 kg)

Age 32

Home Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 

Complete Stats

Carlos Velasquez learned to fight alongside his twin brother in Puerto Rico, and now the 2004 Olympian is vying for a 130-pound world title. Read Bio

Last Fight

loss vs Javier Fortuna

Sep 29, 2015 / The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

Velasquez was stopped in the 10th round in his first shot at a world title.

Latest News

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Javier Fortuna and Carlos VelasquezPBC Boxing Video
Sep 30, 2015 / Fortuna vs Velasquez, Dolton vs Molina, Javier Fortuna, Domonique Dolton, Carlos Velasquez, Oscar Molina

Javier Fortuna defends his world title with a 10th-round stoppage of Carlos Velasquez

Javier Fortuna got to Carlos Velasquez early, and he without a doubt got to him late, as the 130-pound world champion from the Dominican Republic thoroughly outclassed his opponent in his first title defense in front of a rowdy Las Vegas crowd at the Palms Casino Resort on Tuesday night.

Carlos VelasquezPBC Boxing Video
Sep 29, 2015 / Carlos Velasquez, Fortuna vs Velasquez, Javier Fortuna

Sibling revelry: With his twin brother by his side, Carlos Velasquez is ready for his first title shot

You could forgive Carlos Velasquez’s opponents for seeing double even before their bells get rung like mom calling the kids home for dinner.

Javier Fortuna and Carlos VelasquezPBC Boxing Video
Sep 28, 2015 / Fortuna vs Velasquez, Javier Fortuna, Carlos Velasquez

Javier Fortuna intent on tipping the scale in his favor in title defense against Carlos Velasquez

After Javier Fortuna knocked off Bryan Vasquez in May, he earned himself a vacant 130-pound championship in the process. Now that he’s set to take on Carlos Velasquez on Tuesday night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, he’ll get his first taste of title defense in the division.

Fights

Fights

LOSS vs Javier Fortuna

Sep 29, 2015 The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

Javier Fortuna WINS against Carlos Velasquez by TKO in Round 10 of 12

Win vs Juan Ruiz 24-16-0

May 09, 2015 State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Juan Ruiz by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Jean Javier Sotelo 19-12-2

Oct 08, 2014 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Jean Javier Sotelo by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Guillermo Sanchez 13-11-1

May 01, 2014 Hialeah Park Race Track, Hialeah, Florida, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Guillermo Sanchez by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Willshaun Boxley 6-9-1

Mar 22, 2014 The Myth, Maplewood, Minnesota, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Willshaun Boxley by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Giorgi Mtchedlishvili 8-4-1

May 03, 2013 The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Giorgi Mtchedlishvili by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Roberto Bonilla 22-13-0

Nov 17, 2012 Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Roberto Bonilla by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Eduardo Arcos 15-1-0

Jul 16, 2010 Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Catano, Puerto Rico

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Eduardo Arcos by TKO in Round 5 of 10

Win vs Ira Terry 24-2-0

Apr 02, 2010 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Ira Terry by KO in Round 4 of 8

Win vs Juan Nazario 6-1-1

Jul 24, 2009 Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Juan Nazario by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Andres Ledesma 15-13-1

May 08, 2009 Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Andres Ledesma by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Jose Navarrete 13-18-2

Sep 13, 2008 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Jose Navarrete by TKO in Round 5 of 8

Win vs David Vasquez 17-12-3

Jul 23, 2008 Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against David Vasquez by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Manuel Sarabia 16-24-9

Mar 22, 2008 Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Manuel Sarabia by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Ever Luis Perez 10-14-0

Jan 25, 2008 Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Ever Luis Perez by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Steve Mincks 5-16-1

Dec 11, 2007 Crazy Horse Saloon, Miami, Florida, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Steve Mincks by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs David Maund 4-13-0

Jul 20, 2007 Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against David Maund by TKO in Round 3 of 4

Win vs Michael Holloway 0-1-0

Jun 22, 2007 Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Michael Holloway by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Freudis Rojas 1-2-1

May 02, 2007 Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Freudis Rojas by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Stephan Arnold 0-2-0

Feb 22, 2007 Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York, USA

Carlos Ivan Velasquez WINS against Stephan Arnold by KO in Round 1 of 4

Stats

Carlos Ivan Velasquez “Twin Dream”

  • WINS 19
  • LOSSES 2
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 12

Weight 130 lbs (59.09 kg)

Height 5'9" (1.75 m)

Reach 70" (178 cm)

  • Born

    August 04, 1984
  • Age

    32
  • Country

    Puerto Rico
  • Born in

    Catano
  • Trains in

    Las Vegas, NV
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    90
  • KO Percentage

    57%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Bio

From Wilfred Benítez to Hector Camacho to Felix Trinidad, Puerto Rico’s boxing history is as rich as the island’s cuisine. Not that any of those legendary fighters were really front of mind when Carlos Velasquez and his twin brother, Juan Carlos Velasquez, wandered into a boxing gym in their hometown of Cataño at the age of 12. Initially, boxing was to be just a hobby, but that plan quickly changed, and now Velasquez is putting himself in contention for a 130-pound world title.

Carlos Velasquez
Carlos Velasquez has shown his prowess in the ring as both an amateur, competing in the 2004 Olympics, and now as a professional. (Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions)

From raw amateur to Olympian

As Velasquez kept returning to the gym, his affinity for boxing grew, and it wasn’t long before he was trading blows in amateur bouts.

By 2002, Velasquez was taking part in bigger competitions such as the World Junior Championships and the Central American & Caribbean Games. Two years later, he won the silver medal in the 125-pound division at the Olympic qualifier tournament in Tijuana, Mexico, earning a spot in the 2004 Olympics.

Representing Puerto Rico, Velasquez’s stay in Athens unfortunately was brief, as he lost an extremely narrow decision to Brazil’s Edvaldo Oliveira in his opening bout.

Undaunted, he continued his amateur career and scored his biggest upset at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games when he defeated heavily favored Cuban fighter Yuriorkis Gamboa en route to capturing the gold medal.

Having accomplished his goals as an amateur, Velasquez, along with his brother, made the jump to the professional ranks in February 2007 and immediately announced his presence with the subtlety of a Category 5 hurricane.

Carlos Velasquez
Carlos Velasquez finds the target with a right hand during his win over Juan Ruiz in Hidalgo, Texas, on May 9, 2015. (Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions)

A knockout from the get-go

In his pro debut, Velasquez stopped Stephan Arnold in 86 seconds at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. That kicked off an 11-month stretch in which he would register six knockout victories in as many fights, with each stoppage coming in the third round or sooner.

In 2010, after scoring a fifth-round TKO of Eduardo Arcos in July to improve to 13-0, Velasquez underwent surgery to repair his rotator cuff. The injury sidelined him for two years, but Velasquez resumed his winning ways in November 2012, when he won a six-round unanimous decision over Roberto Bonilla.

After defeating Giorgi Mtchedlishvili in May 2013, Velasquez took a step up in competition against former 122-pound world champ Rico Ramos. Velasquez dropped Ramos in the fifth round, but the former champ recovered and landed a left hook in the 10th round that knocked out Velasquez.

Velasquez took six months off after the loss, returning to the ring in March 2014 with a unanimous decision over Wilshaun Boxley in which he took all six rounds on the judges’ scorecards.

Three more victories followed in the ensuing 14 months, concluding with a six-round shutout of Juan Ruiz in Hidalgo, Texas, in May 2015, putting Velasquez in line for his first title shot.