Many of boxing's most interesting characters are not the stars or those that reach the top of the sport, and one great example of that is the enigmatic Roilo Golez (17-20-1, 7), who will never be regarded as a great fighter but was certainly a colourful, entertaining and fan friendly fighter. He was someone who managed to connect with fans and was a unique fighter, despite his record suggesting he was just another "professional loser".
As a professional fighter Golez fought between 2006 and 2018 and shared the ring with some more notable fighters. They include the likes of Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep, Edgar Sosa, Wanheng Menayothin, Xiong Zhao Zhong and Gimel Magramo. He fought internationally, with bouts in Thailand Mexico and China, and won the WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title, but what else is there to know about Golez?
1-Golez has had numerous nicknames during his career, including "The Phoenix", the "Filipino Mexican" and "The Beautiful Boxer", a name used a few years ago when ESPN5 did a documentary on him. Lets find out as we bring you 5 Midweek Facts and Roilo Golez!
2- In 2019 Golez almost died following a bad bout with pneumonia. He would spend 3 weeks on Oxygen due to the infection, but thankfully has made a recovery.
3-Golez was one of the first openly gay professional boxers, and was almost certainly the first openly gay Filipino fighter. As a fighter he didn't try and hide his sexuality, and was well known for his flamboyant and playful nature in the ring, famously seen against Lolito Sonsona, who he playfully tried to kiss when playing up to the fans. Rather notably he has stated that none of his opponents ever discriminated against him for his sexuality.
GMANetwork also did a special on Golez titled "Magpakailanman: The gay boxing champion"
4-After ending his own career Golez went on to become a trainer and is passing on some of the boxing know how he developed. Whilst not the best of fighters, he did have some really under-rated skills, though seemed fully aware his role in the sport wasn't to be a champion, but to entertain and make sure fans weren't bored.
5-Golez shared his name with a former Filipino politician, José Roilo Solis Gólez who was better known as Rolio Golez. The politician was a genuinely notable one, serving 6 terms in the Philipines House of Representatives, winning elections in 1992, 1995, 1998, 2004, 2007 and 2010! Sadly the Filipino political giant passed away in 2018 following a heart attack, at the age of 71. Interestingly in his early life, before becoming a political figure, this Golez was also a fighter and would later become the president of of Abap (which is now the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines)
Bonus fact -
Golez was in attendance for the Reymart Gaballo Vs Julias Thomas Kisarawe fight on ESPN5, where he worse a fetching green dress, in a photo shared by the broadcaster on social media.
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