Rolando Navarrete

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Rolando Navarrete
Real name Rolando Navarrete
Nickname(s) Bad Boy from Dadiangas
Rated at Super Featherweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Born (1957-02-14) February 14, 1957 (age 58)
General Santos City, Philippines
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 72
Wins 54
Wins by KO 31
Losses 15
Draws 3
No contests 0

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 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[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., is following his father's footsteps and training to be a professional boxer as well.[1] Rolando Jr, who fights under his mother's name Rolando Dy is currently a professional mixed martial artist.[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, 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.[5]


He is ranked the 9th best superfeatherweight champion in history,[6] by the World Boxing Council.

Navarrete documentary[edit]

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.[7]

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


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Preceded by
Cornelius Boza Edwards
WBC Super Featherweight Champion
29 Aug 1981– 29 May 1982
Succeeded by
Rafael Limón