Roland Gabriel Dy Navarette, the son of former world boxing champion Rolando “The Bad Boy from Dadiangas” Navarette will fight unbeaten Kyle “Boom” Reyes of Guam in Pacific X-Treme Combat (PXC) 39 on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The featherweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Navarette, 23, said he is excited to face the undefeated Reyes (3-0 win-loss mark). Navarette scored an armbar submission victory over Arex Montalban in PXC 37 in May.
Reyes for his part, is known for his sneaky chokeholds. He beat his last opponent Filipino Ronnie Borja with a rear naked choke last year.
“MMA is my passion, so I prepared very hard for this fight,” Navarette, who holds a 3-2 win-loss log with one knockout and two by submissions, said in an interview.
Navarette is known for his superb blend of striking and grappling skills, which is the result of the training he received from his coaches.
He is receiving training in muay thai from renowned trainer and MMA champion Raysaldo Biagtan. His wrestling coach is coach Ali Heydarabadi while his Brazillian jiu-jitsu coach is Stephen Kamphuis.
“I trained my ground game and my defense. I wanted to be a perfect fighter that’s why I chose those three disciplines [muay thai, wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu]. Nobody wanted to lose in any fight, so you have to train seriously.”
Navarette, who started competing in MMA in 2011, related his dream of competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), “Since I started fighting in 2011 under coach Biagtan, I’m looking forward to reach that goal of making it to the UFC someday,” he said. The young fighter also revealed that it’s the fighting spirit of his father that he admires so much, “That’s what I like most my father, he did not give up in his all fights.”
The Navarette-Reyes bout is one of the eight undercard fights of PXC 39.
The main event is the fight between unbeaten Filipino-American submission specialist Mark Striegl and Korean Jang Yong Kim for the PXC featherweight belt.