|Real name||Rolando Navarrete|
|Nickname(s)||Bad Boy from Dadiangas|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
February 14, 1957 |
General Santos City, Philippines
|Wins by KO||31|
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.
Professional Boxing Record
|57 Wins (- knockouts, - decisions), 14 Losses (- knockout, - decisions), 3 Draws|
|Loss||57-14-3||William Magahin||TKO||6 (10)||1991-07-31||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Loss||57-13-3||Bernabe Aliping||UD||10||1991-06-08||Baguio City, Benguet|
|Loss||57-12-3||TaeJin Moon||TKO||9 (10)||1990-07-20||Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||57-11-3||Ayuthaya Sithphakamron||KO||7 (10)||1990-05-18||Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Loss||56-11-3||Ramon Marchena||TD||5 (12)||1990-02-17||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||WBC International lightweight title|
|Loss||56-10-3||TaeJin Moon||KO||6 (10)||1989-10-13||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Win||56-9-3||Thongberm Lukmatulee||KO||3 (10)||1989-07-11||Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||55-9-3||Ken Carter||TKO||1 (10)||1989-04-22||Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||54-9-3||Dawthong Chuvatana||TKO||1 (10)||1989-02-18||Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||53-9-3||Rafael Limon||UD||10||1988-12-23||Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||52-9-3||Bisenti Santoso||TKO||2 (10)||1988-09-16||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||51-9-3||Muhammed Juhari||UD||10||1988-07-22||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||50-9-3||Elmer Leonardo||TKO||2 (10)||1988-05-06||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Loss||49-9-3||Mario Martínez||TKO||5 (10)||1984-06-23||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||49-8-3||Ignacio Jimenez||TKO||6 (10)||1983-06-29||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Win||48-8-3||Saul Mayren||TKO||6 (10)||1983-01-28||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Win||47-8-3||Young-Se Oh||TKO||8 (10)||1982-09-10||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Loss||46-8-3||Rafael Limon||TKO||12 (15)||1982-05-29||The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC World super featherweight title|
|Won||46-7-3||Chung-Il Choi||KO||11 (15)||1982-01-16||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila||Retained WBC World super featherweight title|
|Won||45-7-3||Cornelius Edwards||KO||5 (15)||1981-08-29||Stadio de Pini, Viareggio, Toscana||Won WBC World super featherweight title|
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 her mother's name Rolando Dy, is a professional mixed martial artist.
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, 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.
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.
- "Elorde's grandson, Navarete's boy pull out of boxfest". GMANews.TV. 2010-01-25.
-  Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- Cecil Morella. "Rolando Navarrete: Another sad story". eastsideboxing.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20.
- "Navarrete a cautionary tale for Pinoy boxers". abs-cbnNEWS.com.
- [dead link]
-  Archived June 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Fists". GMANews.TV. 2007-03-21.
- 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