Rolando Navarrete

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Rolando Navarrete
Statistics
Real name Rolando Navarrete
Nickname(s) Bad Boy from Dadiangas
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Reach 65½ in (166 cm)
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Born (1957-02-14) February 14, 1957 (age 61)
General Santos City, Philippines
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 74
Wins 56
Wins by KO 33
Losses 15
Draws 3

Rolando Navarrete (born February 14, 1957) is a Filipino ex-boxer who briefly held a junior lightweight (super featherweight) world title in the 80s.

Fighting style[edit]

A fine boxer, Navarrete had a good talent and was known for his hard-hitting punches. Known to be a slugger and one of the greatest Filipino knockout artists.

Professional career[edit]

He first fought for a world title in 1980 against Alexis Argüello but lost by TKO to the legendary champion. On August 29, 1981, he would win the WBC Super featherweight title by knocking out popular fellow southpaw Cornelius Edwards in the 5th round of a title match held in Italy. He later defended the title against unknown Choi Chung-Il of Korea, stopping the gritty challenger in the 11th round of a controversial bout held in Manila in January 1982. In his second title defense four months later in Las Vegas, Nevada, Navarrete took on Rafael "Bazooka" Limón. The champion led on all scorecards before getting knocked out by Limón in the 12th round. Thereafter, Navarrete's career went downhill and he would never again figure in big-money fights. Sometime in the mid-'80s, he was convicted of sexual assault and served three years in a Hawaiian prison.

After his release, Navarrete went back to the Philippines and embarked on several comeback fights. In one of those fights, he would exact revenge on his old tormentor Limón, winning by decision in a 10-round bout. A series of losses against local fighters and unranked contenders forced him to retire for good.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
74 fights 56 wins 15 losses
By knockout 33 8
By decision 22 7
By disqualification 1 0
Draws 3
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Loss 56-15-3 Philippines William Magahin TKO 6 (10) 1991-07-31 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City
Loss 56-14-3 Philippines Bernabe Aliping UD 10 (10) 1991-06-08 Philippines Baguio City
Loss 56-13-3 South Korea Tae Jin Moon TKO 9 (10) 1990-07-20 Philippines Ninoy Aquino Stadium, District of Malate, Manila
Win 56-12-3 Thailand Ayuthaya Sithphakamron KO 7 (10) 1990-05-18 Philippines Ninoy Aquino Stadium, District of Malate, Manila
Loss 55-12-3 Mexico Ramon Marchena TD 5 (12) 1990-02-17 Mexico Mexico City For WBC International lightweight title
Loss 55-11-3 South Korea Tae Jin Moon KO 6 (10) 1989-10-13 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City
Win 55-10-3 Thailand Thongberm Lukmatulee KO 3 (10) 1989-07-11 Philippines Ninoy Aquino Stadium, District of Malate, Manila
Win 54-10-3 Australia Ken Carter TKO 1 (10) 1989-04-22 Philippines Ninoy Aquino Stadium, District of Malate, Manila
Win 53-10-3 Thailand Dawthong Chuvatana TKO 1 (10) 1989-02-18 Philippines Ninoy Aquino Stadium, District of Malate, Manila
Win 52-10-3 Mexico Rafael Limón UD 10 (10) 1988-12-23 Philippines Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila
Win 51-10-3 South Korea Jin-Shik Choi TKO 6 (10) 1988-11-05 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City
Win 50-10-3 Indonesia Bisenti Santoso TKO 2 (10) 1988-09-16 Philippines Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila
Win 49-10-3 Indonesia Muhammed Juhari UD 10 (10) 1988-07-22 Philippines Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila
Win 48-10-3 Philippines Elmer Leonardo TKO 2 (10) 1988-05-06 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City
Loss 47-10-3 Mexico Mario Martinez TKO 5 (10) 1984-06-23 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
Win 47-9-3 Australia Dennis Talbot KO 2 (10) 1983-08-12 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City
Win 46-9-3 Mexico Ignacio Jimenez TKO 6 (10) 1983-06-28 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Win 45-9-3 United States Saul Mayren TKO 6 (10) 1983-01-28 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City
Win 44-9-3 South Korea Young-Se Oh TKO 8 (10) 1982-09-10 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City
Loss 43-9-3 Mexico Rafael Limón TKO 12 (15) 1982-05-29 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas Lost WBC World super featherweight title
Win 43-8-3 South Korea Choi Chung-il KO 11 (15) 1982-01-16 Philippines Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila Retained WBC World super featherweight title
Win 42-8-3 Uganda Cornelius Edwards KO 5 (15) 1981-08-29 Italy Stadio de Pini, Viareggio Won WBC World super featherweight title
Win 41-8-3 United States Blaine Dickson UD 10 (10) 1981-07-21 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Win 40-8-3 Philippines Johnny Sato UD 12 (12) 1981-05-19 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu Won NABF World super featherweight title
Win 39-8-3 United States Arturo Leon UD 10 (10) 1981-04-18 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Win 38-8-3 Mexico Refugio Rojas UD 10 (10) 1981-04-07 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Loss 37-8-3 Ecuador Hector Cortez UD 10 (10) 1981-03-10 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Win 37-7-3 United States Rocky Ramon TKO 8 (10) 1981-01-20 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Loss 36-7-3 Nicaragua Alexis Argüello RTD 4 (15) 1980-04-27 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan For WBC World super featherweight title
Win 36-6-3 United States Jerome Artis TKO 7 (10) 1980-04-01 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Win 35-6-3 United States Frank Ahumada UD 10 (10) 1980-01-18 Philippines Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
Win 34-6-3 United States Abdul Bey TKO 7 (10) 1979-12-18 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Win 33-6-3 Japan Blazer Okubo TKO 3 (10) 1979-10-09 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Win 32-6-3 United States Miguel Meza TKO 7 (10) 1979-08-28 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Win 31-6-3 Mexico Jose Torres UD 10 (10) 1979-07-24 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Win 30-6-3 United States Frankie Duarte UD 10 (10) 1979-06-19 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu
Draw 29-6-3 Thailand Thanomchit Sukhothai PTS 10 (10) 1979-03-18 Philippines Cebu City
Win 29-6-2 Philippines Rey Tam KO 4 (10) 1979-02-16 Philippines Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
Win 28-6-2 Philippines Pete Alferez TKO 2 (10) 1979-01-07 Philippines Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City
Win 27-6-2 Philippines Nene Jun UD 12 (12) 1978-09-30 Philippines Davao City
Win 26-6-2 Philippines Fernando Cabanela UD 12 (12) 1978-08-19 Philippines General Santos City
Win 25-6-2 Philippines Nene Jun MD 10 (10) 1978-07-15 Philippines General Santos City
Win 24-6-2 Philippines Tony Jumao-As TKO 4 (10) 1978-05-27 Philippines Cebu City
Loss 23-6-2 Philippines Johnny Sato TKO 8 (10) 1977-12-31 Philippines Cagayan de Oro City
Loss 23-5-2 Thailand Thanomchit Sukhothai TKO 9 (10) 1977-09-02 Philippines Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
Win 23-4-2 Philippines Ric Quijano PTS 10 (10) 1977-08-12 Philippines Davao City
Loss 22-4-2 South Korea Yung-Shik Kim SD 12 (12) 1977-06-17 South Korea Seoul
Win 22-3-2 Philippines Mario Odias UD 10 (10) 1977-01-29 Philippines Cebu City
Win 21-3-2 South Korea Yung-Shik Kim TKO 7 (10) 1976-11-13 Philippines Cebu City
Win 20-3-2 Philippines Renato Paulino KO 4 (10) 1976-09-25 Philippines Cebu City
Win 19-3-2 Philippines Pol Ladeza TKO 1 (10) 1976-08-21 Philippines Cagayan de Oro City
Win 18-3-2 Philippines San Sacristan TKO 7 (10) 1976-07-31 Philippines Cebu City
Loss 17-3-2 Italy Paul Ferreri PTS 10 (10) 1976-06-26 Philippines Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City
Win 17-2-2 Philippines Dommy Marolena UD 10 (10) 1976-05-15 Philippines Cebu City
Win 16-2-2 Philippines Bernabe Villacampo TKO 2 (10) 1976-01-31 Philippines Cebu City
Loss 15-2-2 Philippines Fernando Cabanela UD 12 (12) 1975-10-01 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City
Win 15-1-2 Philippines Danny Reyes TKO 6 (10) 1975-08-31 Philippines General Santos City
Win 14-1-2 Japan Go Mifune TKO 2 (10) 1975-08-01 Philippines Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
Win 13-1-2 Philippines Rey Naduma jr. TKO 3 (10) 1975-06-14 Philippines General Santos City
Win 12-1-2 Philippines San Sacristan KO 4 (10) 1975-03-14 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City
Win 11-1-2 Philippines Conrado Vasquez UD 12 (12) 1975-02-15 Philippines General Santos City
Win 10-1-2 Philippines Rene Cruz Jr. TKO 7 (10) 1975-01-24 Philippines Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila
Win 9-1-2 Philippines Dodo Quilario MD 10 (10) 1974-11-29 Philippines Davao City
Win 8-1-2 Philippines Willie Abenir UD 10 (10) 1974-10-18 Philippines Santa Ana Park (PRC), Manila
Loss 7-1-2 Philippines Roberto Cinco MD 10 (10) 1974-07-20 Philippines Dadiangas City, General Santos City
Draw 7-0-2 Philippines Julius Gonzaga PTS 10 (10) 1974-06-12 Philippines Dadiangas City, General Santos City
Win 7-0-1 Philippines Mar Belimac TKO 6 (6) 1973-12-22 Philippines Dadiangas City, General Santos City
Win 6-0-1 Philippines Ernie Sun TKO 2 (8) 1973-11-24 Philippines General Santos City
Draw 5-0-1 Philippines Jimmie Verongue PTS 8 (8) 1973-11-10 Philippines Dadiangas City, General Santos City
Win 5-0 Philippines Cris Espinosa UD 8 (8) 1973-10-13 Philippines General Santos City
Win 4-0 Philippines Abdul Maratan UD 6 (6) 1973-06-23 Philippines General Santos City
Win 3-0 Philippines Cris Espinosa DQ 6 (6) 1973-04-14 Philippines Dadiangas City, General Santos City
Win 2-0 Philippines Quirino Peligro UD 6 (6) 1973-03-24 Philippines Dadiangas City, General Santos City
Win 1-0 Philippines Eddie Clementos UD 4 (4) 1973-02-17 Philippines Dadiangas City, General Santos City Professional debut

Personal life[edit]

Navarrete currently lives in General Santos City. A series of failed relationships with different women gave him a total of seven children. One of his sons, Rolando Jr., who fights under his mother's name Rolando Dy, is a professional mixed martial artist.[1][2]

Troubles outside the ring left Navarrete with no money and the former world champion now sells fish that, according to him, earn him 800 pesos (about 16 dollars) a day.[3][4] He still trains nowadays with a heavy bag in his home.

He spent three years in a US prison for rape. Navarrete was also recently involved in various police complaints for wife battery and drugs.[3]

On February 14, 2008, Navarette, was pronounced out of danger, after being stabbed in the neck by Racman Saliling, a tenant at the boarding house he owns in Bula, General Santos City, using an ice pick. Navarette was also involved in two previous attacks: in 2005, he was hit with a steel pipe by a female neighbor and in 2006, a security guard clubbed his leg with a shotgun at a fishing port.

Legacy[edit]

He is ranked the 9th best super featherweight champion in history, by the World Boxing Council. In 2007, Navarrete was included in "Kamao", an episode of award winning program Sine Totoo, which received the RP's first and only George Foster Peabody Award, the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.[5]

"Kamao", presented the sports of boxing and featured the story of the former world featherweight champion.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elorde's grandson, Navarete's boy pull out of boxfest". GMANews.TV. 2010-01-25. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Cecil Morella. "Rolando Navarrete: Another sad story". eastsideboxing.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Navarrete a cautionary tale for Pinoy boxers". abs-cbnNEWS.com. 
  5. ^ "Fists". GMANews.TV. 2007-03-21. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Cornelius Edwards
WBC super featherweight champion
August 29, 1981 – May 29, 1982
Succeeded by
Rafael Limón