The foundations in most traditional schools of boxing state that speed beats power and precision, pace and volume beat brute strength. This is where Rolando Gabriel “Dy” Incredible” Dy of the Philippines comes from and that is what he learned from his father, Rolando Navarrete.
If you are really into boxing or was born somewhere in Southeast Asia, you definitely heard about Navarrete. He was a professional boxer during the 1970s and 1980s and became the WBC Super Featherweight champion.
As Dy’s main inspiration, Navarrete shaped the way his son developed his skills and took them into mixed martial arts. Among the lessons Dy learned from his father are taking his own time, feeling the fight well enough to pounce at the right time, and using long and devastating combinations in order to bring their opponent’s resistance down.
Fight fans can expect to see Dy applying these during his fight at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on March 15, 2019. He will face Mehmosh Raza of Pakistan.
With a background that mixes yaw-yan, a Filipino variant of kickboxing, and traditional muay thai, besides the boxing lessons from Navarrete, Dy developed a comprehensive set of skills, allowing him to control the fight while standing up. The clash of styles for Dy’s return to Brave Combat Federation will be gigantic.
At the other side of the cage, Raza plans to bring nothing but explosiveness to the fight, as he made abundantly clear in his Brave CF debut. In October 2018, fighting in his home country of Pakistan, he took less than 30 seconds to finish Arben Escayo of the Philippines and the stunning feat granted the Pakistani fighter the record of fastest-submission ever in the history of Brave Combat Federation and a contract extension with the truly global promotion.
Raza is, indeed, quick on the draw. All his finishes have happened within the very first round and, despite going to his opponent’s home and fighting against thousands of supporters, he’s definitely not keen to drag the bout to a decision.
“Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” will be headlined by a title fight between defending Bantamweight World champion and local hero Stephen Loman and challenger Elias Boudegzdame, who’s also a former Featherweight titleholder. Aside from Loman and Dy, other eight Filipino warriors will defend their flag in front of their home fans on a historical fight night set for the iconic Mall of Asia Arena.