We already heard a number of sad stories from different athlete all over the world. From being famous, wealthy and strong some of them retired without any money from their pockets, and without any financial investments. But this retired Filipino professional boxer inspires everyone with his story.
Reynaldo “Rey” Bautista is a 32-year-old retired Filipino professional boxer born on June 19, 1986, in Candijay, Bohol, Philippines. He is more commonly known as “Boom Boom Bautista” and is a currently residing in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Like any other boxing champion, he was once a darling of the Cebuano crowned. But unfortunately, he suffered his first round knock-out loss to Daniel Ponce de Leon in the World Cup of Boxing held on 2007.
He had actually won a number of regional titles and was also dubbed ad one of the most exciting fighters in the country. Aside from those names, he was also touted as the next Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines. He was advised to retire after his last fight with Juan Martinez on the 5th of September 2013 as he had suffered severe cuts. It was held in Dubai World Trade Center where he won via technical decision.
Not so many people knew that unlike other professional boxers who retire without proper financial investment, he made sure that he will be able to save enough money for himself and his family. More than that, he also started his career as a boxing trainer in the Philippine Air Force.
Though a lot of his fans and supporters wanted him to continue his boxing career, his decision of leaving the boxing field remain strong and firm. After becoming a boxing trainer in the Philippine Air Force, he also became a boxing coach at the Philippine Military Academy. Aside from teaching several academic subjects to the military, he also served as a referee in Baguio City for amateur boxing. He chooses to become a soldier than to pursue his boxing career.