|Real name||Rolando Navarrete|
|Nickname(s)||Bad Boy from Dadiangas|
|Rated at||Super Featherweight|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
February 14, 1957 |
General Santos City, Philippines
|Wins by KO||31 (57%)|
Rolando Navarrete (born February 14, 1957) is a Filipino ex-boxer who briefly held a junior lightweight (super featherweight) world title in the 80s.
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.
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 Boza 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.
After professional boxing
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., is following his father's footsteps and training to be a professional boxer as well.
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. 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.
On February 14, 2008, Rolando Navarette, "The Bad Boy from Dadiangas" was pronounced out of danger, after being stabbed in the neck by Racman Saliling, tenant at the boarding house he owns in Bula, General Santos City, using ice pick. Navarette was also involved in two previous attacks: in 2005, he was hit with a steel pipe by a female neighbor; in 2006, a security guard clubbed his leg with a shotgun at a fishport.
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.
"Kamao", presented the sports of boxing and featured the story of the former world featherweight champion.
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- Cecil Morella. "Rolando Navarrete: Another sad story". eastsideboxing.com.
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- Abs-Cbn Interactive, Filipino ex-boxing world champ hurt in stabbing
- WBC Ratings
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- Professional boxing record for Rolando Navarrete from BoxRec
- Sunstar.com.ph, Navarette's life in 'Maalaala Mo Kaya'
Cornelius Boza Edwards
|WBC Super Featherweight Champion
29 Aug 1981– 29 May 1982