By Danny Simon
Remember Filipino boxing great, Rolando Bohol?
From being a sports hero, he emerged as role model to many people with lofty dreams as he had successfully proven that there is life outside the ring. Following his glorious years in boxing, Bohol is now punching success in the field of business.
To those who religiously followed Philippine boxing, Bohol is known to have jumpstarted a professional fighting career with a draw. He scored 13 wins and three more draws after his pro debut before losing a 10-round decision to Dadoy Adajar on September 29, 1985.
His first fight on foreign soil happened on July 20, 1986 against Joon Ha in Sokcho, South Korea. It took 11 more fights for Bohol to capture the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world flyweight title on January 16, 1988 by defeating Chang Ho Choi and bring the crown back to the Philippines.
Bohol made a successful defense of his title by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Cho Woon Park on May 6, 1988, but lost the crown to Duke Mackenzie in their bout five months later.
The Filipino boxer’s next conquest was the Oriental and Pacific Boxing (OPBF) superflyweight title, which he ruled via a devastating sixth round knockout of Mapchai Narachavat of Thailand. He triumphantly defended his belt opposite former IBF world flyweight king Jong Kwan Chung before yielding it Japanese fighter Tatsuya Sugi.
A rematch with Sugi proved to be a fitting swan song for Bohol as he avenged his loss with 10th round stoppage of the former in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 21, 1994.
Bohol also dabbled into acting, appearing in local action film, “Kambal na Kamao”. A major car accident prompted his retirement from boxing.
The former Filipino boxing pride moved to Las Vegas in 2006, and now owns and operates a successful online store business, 24hourshopnet.com.