Connect with us

GSPN

SON OF FILIPINO BOXING LEGEND FIGHTS FOR PXC BELT

Rolando Dy has fighting in his blood thanks to his father, Rolando “The Bad Boy from Dadiangas” Navarette, who is considered a boxing legend in the Philippines.

[useful_banner_manager_banner_rotation banners=49 interval=5 width=120 height=600 orderby=rand]

PRESS RELEASE – In Philippine MMA, just the name Rolando Dy may not yet ring a bell that much, although he has already compiled an impressive 5-win-2-loss professional record, and is one of PXC’s rising stars and top fighters from the Philippines today. In fact, Dy is on a three-fight winning streak, defeating Arex Montalban, Guamanian talent Kyle “Boom” Reyes, and Korea’s Han Bin Park. He will face his biggest challenge come October 24th when he fights for the Bantamweight Championship in PXC-45 in Guam versus top-contender, Kyle Aguon.

Dig a little deeper into his personal background, though, and “The Incredible,” as Dy is known in fighting circles, will certainly excite MMA fans even more. His biological father just happens to be a boxing legend in the Philippines, ranked the 9th best Super-Featherweight Champion in history by the World Boxing Council, Rolando Navarette.

Before Manny Pacquiao, there was Rolando Navarette, the Philippines’ celebrated boxer in the 80’s whose fists of stone earned him 20 knockouts in his first 52 professional bouts. Dubbed as “The Bad Boy from Dadiangas,” Navarette even went head-to-head with legendary champion Alexis Arguello (eventually losing via TKO). His star shone the brightest in 1981 when he won the WBC superfeatherweight title by knocking out popular Cornelius Boza Edwards in the fifth round. Navarette successfully defended his belt against a gritty challenger, Choi Chung-Il of Korea. He lost in his second defense to Rafael “Bazooka” Limon via a come-from-behind TKO in the 12thround.

Navarette’s legacy as a boxer is already cemented, and by no coincidence, is being continued by his son Rolando Gabriel Dy, who has chosen to use his mother’s maiden name to honor her effort and hardship of raising him and a sibling all by herself.

Even without his father’s guidance and encouragement, the younger Rolando has always known that he wanted to fight. In a recent interview with Nissi Icasiano for social news network Rappler.com, he said, “Even if I was not raised on my father’s side, it was my dream to be a boxer ever since. I knew I had the talent, but I just haven’t developed it back then.”

Dy’s path to boxing took a detour when a friend introduced him to MMA, and he was hooked ever since. Born in 1991 in Paranaque City and raised in Davao del Sur, he joined a local combat group in Davao City where he learned Brazilian jiu-jitsu, eventually adding Muay Thai and wrestling to his arsenal. He was 19 when he started fighting in amateur MMA competitions, and made his professional MMA debut, winning via a second-round TKO in October 2011. PXC picked him up a month later, and has started carving a name for himself ever since.

PXC’s CEO, EJ Calvo, has this to say on why Dy has earned a title shot: “We immediately liked the way Rolando approached his fights. He impressed us more each time, and eventually earned his shot to fight at the top-tier of our loaded Bantamweight Division that is well-known to produce UFC level fighters.”

Dy acknowledges the role PXC plays in the development of his career, which he believes, will peak when he gets to fulfill his dream of fighting in the UFC. “PXC is a great promotion,” he said during the same Rappler.com interview. “They take good care of their fighters. PXC serves as the bridge to UFC, so it’s an advantage for someone to fight for PXC if he aspires to be included in the UFC roster someday.”

With a win come October 24 in PXC 45, Dy will become the newest Filipino champion of the premiere MMA promotion in the Asia-Pacific region. This is the reason he works hard for the sport, despite being also a fourth-year Legal Studies student at the Lyceum of the Philippines University. Dy doesn’t want to be known as simply an average fighter, but one of the best to represent the Philippines in the sport.

Ad

Foody’s Fun Facts

Foody’s Fun Facts with Arren Yatar

UOG Tritons Pitcher Arren Yatar shares some of his fun facts and tells us about his favorite YouTube channel!

 

GPS Sports Calendar

June

July 2022

August
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
Events for June

1st

Events for July

2nd

3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Events for July

3rd

Events for July

4th

Events for July

5th

Events for July

6th

Events for July

7th

Events for July

7th

No Events
Events for July

9th

10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Events for July

10th

Events for July

10th

No Events
Events for July

11th

No Events
Events for July

12th

No Events
Events for July

13th

No Events
Events for July

14th

No Events
Events for July

16th

17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Events for July

17th

Events for July

17th

No Events
Events for July

18th

No Events
Events for July

19th

No Events
Events for July

21st

Events for July

21st

No Events
Events for July

23rd

24
25
26
27
28
29
30
Events for July

24th

Events for July

24th

No Events
Events for July

25th

No Events
Events for July

26th

No Events
Events for July

27th

No Events
Events for July

28th

No Events
Events for July

30th

31
1
2
3
4
5
6
Events for July

31st

Foody’s Fun Facts

Foody’s Fun Facts with Arren Yatar

UOG Tritons Pitcher Arren Yatar shares some of his fun facts and tells us about his favorite YouTube channel!

 

Foody’s Fun Facts

Foody’s Fun Facts with Arren Yatar

UOG Tritons Pitcher Arren Yatar shares some of his fun facts and tells us about his favorite YouTube channel!

 

COMING SOON …

  • Spirit of ’76 Run
  • National Triathlon Championships
  • GML Makeup Games
  • FD Alumni Basketball Tournament (ongoing)

 

 

QUICK HITS

Guam and Palau were out supporting Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bligh Madris at the Nationals Park in DC against the Washington Nationals.
———————————————–
UOG hired Tatiana Sablan as the new volleyball coach. Sablan served as the original volleyball coach for UOG back in 2016 and she has been rehired to lead the more “beach” oriented program in 2022-23.

More in GSPN