Balita August 31, 2011 COMMUNITY
Former world champ Bohol now a Las Vegas entrepreneur
LAS VEGAS – After chalking up 52 fights with 34 wins, seven of them by knockouts, and drawing three and losing 15, the former boxer finally hung up his gloves to open a new chapter in his life. All along the bumpy and sometimes “bloody” rides in his boxing career, the Negros Occidental-born Rolando Bohol took the oft- traveled path which he had all the time mapped out in his head – to get an education – a move that paved the way for his other career. Already in possession of the vital qualities necessary to become successful, Rolando put into motion the twin virtues of hard-work and discipline in his path to being an entrepreneur. The Las Vegas-based soft-spoken southpaw, who was born on Christmas day, got his training from the Uni-
versity of Phoenix and is now the president and owner of a 24-hour shopping network that deals on luxury watches, jewelry, com- puters and a host of other popular items. Now, Rolando’s world evolves around his computer and his work at a local hotel for good measure.
The former champ showed interest in sports at age 12 as a kung fu fighter until an uncle encouraged him to take up boxing instead. At local boxing fight events which the locals call “kalye tae vs. kalye igit” in the vernacular, Rolando learned that the road to fame was paved with sweat and blood literally.
His formal boxing career started at the Himamaylan High School and then the Palarong Pambansa, a government grassroots sports project intended to ferret out athletes in the Philippines’ quest for Olympic gold.
His successful amateur career spanned 42 fights. He turned professional in 1984
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while still a second year college student at the Far Eastern University in Manila. He trained under the wings of another boxing great and International Boxing Hall of Famer, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, a south paw like him.
He won the International Boxing Fed- eration (IBF) World Flyweight champion- ship title on January 16, 1988, by defeating Chang-Ho Choi via a split decision in Manila. He defended his title successfully by defeating another Korean, Cho Woo Park. Duke McKenzie ended his winning streak on Oct. 5 of the same year when he was stopped on the 11th
Recalling his boxing career, Bohol said that victories and defeats make up one’s life and sent a strong message to the current crop of boxers and those contemplating in joining the sport to “train their sights further the horizon” and get themselves an education too.
“Education is something personal and
After enjoying the glitter of being a world champion in the boxing fl yweight division, Roland Bohol, (seated, second from right) turned his focus to educating himself to become an entrepreneur and is now an owner, president, and web developer in Las Vegas. The former champion was featured in the internet-based “Oras ng Biyaya” to inspire Filipinos on the value of discipline and focus. The ONB crew included Fergel Cruz (host), Francisco Morales, Noemi Cruz, (standing) Ruina Morales and Techot Morales.
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Graduates of Jose Abad Santos High School (in Binondo, Manila) turned en masse to attend the annual summer picnic and monthly meeting of the Alumni Association at the Heritage Park in Cerritos last Aug. 13. Alumni from Class ’51 all the way to Class ’91 showed up for the event to discuss on-going and planned project for the poor students of their alma mater.
Organizers and sponsors of the 3rd
Annual Green and Health Expo and Business Opportunity
Day last Aug. 25 at the Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort prepare to cut the opening ribbon to signal the start of the whole day event information gathering and networking. The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County brought under one roof the community’s conservation exponents to share their expertise today’s buzz topic and awarded individuals and cities which spouse environmental consciousness.
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