Rustico Torrecampo

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Rustico Torrecampo
Real name Escolastico P. Torrecampo Jr.[1]
Rated at Flyweight[1]
Light flyweight[2]
Height 157 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Born (1972-08-01) August 1, 1972 (age 44)
Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 29
Wins 15
Wins by KO 8
Losses 8
Draws 6

Rustico Torrecampo (born 1 August 1972 in Davao City, Philippines) is a retired Filipino professional boxer notable for being the first fighter to defeat Manny Pacquiao.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Torrecampo is the fifth of eight siblings and is a high school drop-out, completing just his freshman year. His father, Escolastico Torrecampo, Sr., was killed by New People's Army guerrillas in Davao City in 1985. Torrecampo is married to Cecille Camposano; they have three children, Ruscel Carl, Carisa Rose and Rich Cymoun. He lived with his extended family in Tondo, Manila.[4]

After retiring from boxing, Torrecampo worked at a factory in Quezon City. In 2006, he quit the job and became an ambulant vendor, selling food out of a bicycle cart in Tondo. In 2007, he was wanted for murder in the stabbing death of a garbage truck driver who allegedly hit his food cart, spilling his wares into the street.[4] In 2011, Torrecampo was out on bail pending court hearings to resolve his case.[5]

Professional boxing career[edit]

Torrecampo fought in the light flyweight division from 1993-1997 and retired with 14 wins, 8 losses and 5 draws. On 9 February 1996, he fought Manny Pacquiao, who at that time held an 11-win, 0-loss record, in Mandaluyong City, Manila. Pacquiao failed to make weight and was penalized by being made to wear eight-ounce gloves; Torrecampo wore six-ounce gloves. Torrecampo controlled the first two rounds and knocked out Pacquiao in the third round with a left hook to the body as Pacquiao was coming in.[2]

"When he went down, I knew he wouldn't get up. The referee could've counted to 100 and he wouldn't have been able to recover. I prepared for him. I knew after throwing a jab, he would follow up with a straight or an uppercut. I waited for him to jab, then I countered."

— Rustico Torrecampo, quoted from an interview[2]

A month after his victory over Pacquiao, Torrecampo broke his left wrist during another boxing match; he never went to a doctor for treatment. He retired in 1997; the improperly-healed fracture leaving a small bone sticking out of his left wrist. Torrecampo's biggest paycheck was a Php 30,000.00 purse for a fight in either Thailand or South Korea. His purse from the Pacquiao fight earned him Php 6,500.00 and his largest local paycheck was Php 17,000.00 for a bout he lost in General Santos City.[4]

Return to professional boxing[edit]

In 2011, Torrecampo came out of retirement after 14 years. He won his first comeback fight against a younger opponent via a third-round knockout.[6]

Professional boxing record[edit]

15 Wins (8 knockouts), 8 Loss, 6 draws[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round
Date Location Notes
Win 15–8–6 Philippines Jovanie Bualan KO 3 (12) 2011-02-19 Philippines Imus Plaza Covered Court, Imus, Cavite
Loss 14–8–6 Philippines Archie Villamor TKO 4 (10) 1997-02-09 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Draw 14–7–6 Philippines Jaime Aliguin TD 2 (10) 1997-01-13 Philippines Florante Boy Aquino Stadium, San Pablo City, Laguna Fight stopped due to accidental clash of heads.
Loss 14–7–5 Philippines Alpong Navaja UD 10 1996-11-23 Philippines Mandaue City, Cebu
Loss 14–6–5 South Korea Yong-Soon Chang TD 5 (10) 1996-09-14 South Korea South Korea
Win 14–5–5 Philippines Noel Tunacao TKO 6 (10) 1996-06-22 Philippines Mandaue City, Cebu
Loss 13–5–5 Philippines Leo Ramirez UD 12 1996-05-05 Philippines General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur For Philippines Games and Amusement Board light flyweight title.
Win 13–4–5 Philippines Ricky Sales PTS 10 1996-03-20 Philippines Narra, Palawan Torrecampo fractured left hand during the fight.
Win 12–4–5 Philippines Manny Pacquiao KO 3 (10) 1996-02-09 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila Pacquiao was over-weight and was penalized by wearing heavier gloves.
Win 11–4–5 Philippines Nick Caintoy TKO 4 (10) 1996-01-06 Philippines Narra, Palawan
Loss 10–4–5 Thailand Ritichai Kiatprapas TKO 5 (10) 1995-08-16 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
Win 10–3–5 Philippines Reynante Rojo TKO 8 (10) 1995-07-01 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Draw 9–3–5 Philippines Alpong Navaja TD 8 (10) 1995-05-06 Philippines Makati City, Metro Manila
Draw 9–3–4 Philippines Nathan Barcelona TD 3 (10) 1995-03-25 Philippines Biñan Town Plaza, Biñan, Laguna
Win 9–3–3 Philippines Marvin Corpuz TKO 6 (10) 1995-03-06 Philippines Barangay Palanan, Makati City, Metro Manila
Draw 8–3–3 Philippines Rodel Magallanes SD 6 1995-01-21 Philippines Barangay Bangkal, Makati City, Metro Manila
Win 8–3–2 Philippines Chris Galon UD 8 1994-12-03 Philippines Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Win 7–3–2 Philippines Mario Sajulan KO 6 (10) 1994-09-29 Philippines Elorde Sports Center, Paranaque City, Metro Manila
Win 6–3–2 Philippines Rodel Magallanes UD 8 1994-08-18 Philippines Elorde Sports Center, Parañaque City, Metro Manila
Loss 5–3–2 Philippines Edmund Villamor TKO 4 (8) 1994-01-08 Philippines Cebu City, Cebu
Draw 5–2–2 Philippines Jun Jun Tomagan SD 6 1993-12-16 Philippines Manila Midtown Ramada Hotel, Malate, Manila
Loss 5–2–1 Philippines Ramie Navarrete TKO 1 (4) 1993-10-15 Philippines Cavite Coliseum, Bacoor, Cavite
Win 5–1–1 Philippines Jun Jun Tomagan UD 6 1993-09-18 Philippines San Andres Civic and Sports Center, Malate, Manila
Win 4–1–1 Philippines Baby Lorona Jr TKO 1 (6) 1993-09-11 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 3–1–1 Philippines Bernardo Jun Davalos TD 5 (6) 1993-07-30 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 2–1–1 Philippines Jun Jun Tomagan SD 6 1993-07-14 Philippines Elorde Sports Center, Parañaque City, Metro Manila
Win 1–1–1 Philippines Manuel Andales UD 4 1993-06-17 Philippines Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Loss 0–1–1 Philippines Ramie Navarrete TKO 1 (4) 1993-04-28 Philippines Parañaque City, Metro Manila
Draw 0–0–1 Philippines Julie Tagalog SD 4 1993-03-25 Philippines Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Malate, Manila Professional boxing debut at Light flyweight.


  1. ^ a b c BoxRec. "Rustico Torrecampo's Professional Boxing Record". Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bad Left Hook. "The Tale of Rustico Torrecampo". Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Satterfield, Lem. "Pacquiao Knocked Down, Not Out". Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Henson, Joaquin M. (26 September 2007). "Pacquiao Tormentor Wanted For Murder". Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Henson, Joaquin M. (27 February 2011). "Torrecampo back with a bang". Philippine Star. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Reyes, Leo (27 February 2011). "Manny Pacquiao's Tormentor Rustico Torrecampo Surfaces After 14 Years". Retrieved 28 July 2013.