|Competitor for Philippines|
|Bronze||1992 Barcelona||Light Flyweight|
|World Amateur Championships|
|Silver||1997 Budapest||Light Flyweight|
He represented his native country of the Philippines at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, where he won the bronze medal. In the semifinals he was stopped by Cuba's eventual winner Rogelio Marcelo. He is the elder brother of Mansueto Velasco, who won the silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in the same weight division. Roel won the silver medal at the 1997 World Amateur Boxing Championships.
Roel Velasco was the first Filipino to win a medal in the Goodwill Games by snatching the bronze in the light-flyweight division in boxing in the 1998 New York edition. 1997 was a banner year for Velasco as he added the gold medals in the 1st Muhamad Ali Invitational Boxing Championships in Kentucky, the Italian Boxing Championships and the Roberto Balado Cup in Cuba to his World Championship hardware.
Velasco is currently serving with the Philippine Navy with the rank of Petty Officer First Class (P01) while doing double duty as a coach with the Philippine Boxing Team.
As a trainer, Roel is known for his way of selecting his pupils. As he welcomes anyone who want to learn from him. He is also known to have an interest to inexperience or slow learners stating that:
"Kahit na anong Hina ng isang boxer basta masipag sa training, siya ay gagaling na pwede pang higitan and isang boxer na may talento." (Even if a boxer is weak, he/she can grow into a strong fighter as long as he/she is dedicated to his/her training and can even surpass the strength of a talented boxer.")
- Defeated James Wanene (Kenya) 16-1
- Defeated Rajendra Prasad (India) 15-6
- Defeated Rowan Williams (Great Britain) 7-6
- Lost to Rogelio Marcelo (Cuba) RSC 1 (1:36)