Joselito Velazquez

Tlaxcala (Mexico) July 16 (IANS) Just five days after Valentine’s Day, Mexican boxer Joselito Velazquez was gazing in the mirror at his dislocated shoulder when he resolved, against all odds, to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“I was in London, for the World Series, and I suddenly felt that my right shoulder was out of place. I knew my only chance was to bet on the impossible,” Velazquez told Efe in an interview on Friday.

More often than not, a dislocated shoulder would mean the end of a boxing career, but the 22-year-old Cancun native is now considered the miracle man of Mexico’s Olympic squad.

“I had doubts for the first two weeks. Then they put me with a therapist who took away the pain. I began to get stronger and regain my health,” Velazquez said.

“It was another thing to get back in the ring and when I did it I felt strong, explosive,” he added.

Velazquez, with a record of 138 wins and 40 defeats, is Mexico’s best amateur boxer of the past decade, winning the gold medal in the men’s light-flyweight class at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games.

“I will arrive in Rio confident of conquering my last medal” before turning professional, he said.

  • SHARE

    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Gautam Gambhir, Delhi, Vidarbha, Aditya Sarwate

    Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Delhi Thumps Madhya Pradesh; Vidarbha Crush Kerala in Quarter-final

    On the final day of the quarter-final round of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Delhi clinched the match by seven wickets against Madhya Pradesh after...

    Ronaldinho planning 2018 farewell tour

    Rio de Janeiro, Dec 11: Ronaldinho is planning a series of testimonial matches with his former clubs before officially announcing his retirement from football. The 37-year-old...

    Freiburg shock Cologne 4-3 in German Bundesliga

    Berlin, Dec 11: Last-placed Cologne squandered a three-goal advantage and lost 4-3 to Freiburg to complete the 15th round of Bundesliga action. Nils Petersen's hat-trick helped...

    Club Bolivar crowned Bolivian football champions

    La Paz, Dec 11: Club Bolivar won Bolivia's Clausura first division title with a 1-1 draw at Nacional Potosi. Marcos Riquelme, on Sunday, opened the scoring...

    Atletico Madrid knocks off Real Betis

    Seville (Spain), Dec 11: Atletico Madrid continued to put pressure on La Liga leader Barcelona with a 1-0 away win over Real Betis in the...