Philippines, 23 Feb 2018
  Home >> News >> List of Articles >> Epifanio M. Almeda

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        


 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Baņez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peņalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piņol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
List of Articles by Epifanio M. Almeda



What Fighters Could Learn from Rene Barrientos

By Epifanio M. Almeda
PhilBoxing.com
24 Apr 2006



“When my children who found job opportunities abroad asked me if I had the means to cover their transportation, I didn’t hesitate to answer yes to keep their minds off the problem I believed was mine to tackle”. So shared former WBC Junior Lightweight champion Rene Barrientos to about 3 of us attendees of the 1st GAB Philippine Boxing Convention (April 19-22, 2006) in Manila, Philippines who were privileged to talk with him in a corner of the convention site during one of our break periods.

This fatherly statement hit home because I have a son who is now asking me to help cover his transportation for abroad and my son is not hearing from me what Rene’s children heard from their father.

Rene confided that when his children asked the question, he didn’t have the amount needed for the trip. What he had was a piece of real estate he was able to purchase years back from the “little” earnings he made from boxing. The land has since increased in value by the time his kids needed the about P200,000 or so for the one-way trip.

It’s not easy to generate cash from a piece of real estate. Try the bankers. But Rene is not only the successful ring tactician who won the world boxing crown for himself and the country. After consulting with his children, he made an offer too good for a moneyed “financer” to pass up. A couple of million pesos worth of real estate will be the financer’s if at the end of 2 months the P200,000 loan will not be paid. The loan was paid before the 2 months were up from his children’s remittances.

Financial prudence earning fighters now should emulate

I’ve been reading about Rene Barrientos, the champ (to distinguish him from his namesake cousin who was an airline pilot) for years and so I thought I should not pass up the opportunity to hear him in person when I learned he was a convention delegate.

A friendly gentleman, he was very accommodating as I sought him for a chat about what he accomplished then and what he is doing now. About 2 fellow delegates joined us. We discussed the sad plight of some of our fighters including former champions who are now in dire financial streets.

Rene said that he listed his earnings from boxing and the total amount does not even reach P300,000. He knew that the money earned by a fighter takes little, if any, effort to lose. Recognizing likewise that there is a greater need for business acumen to successfully invest one’s earnings from prize fighting in a business undertaking, Rene opted for that simple alternative which requires of him only a little of such business wisdom. He bought a piece of land in Cagayan de Oro City where he resides and erected apartment units the earnings from which, aside from having financed all his 5 children’s earning their respective college degrees, even today support his family.

Rene was also able to buy from his approximately P300,000 earnings a piece of land located in the heart of Cebu City. He had received offers for this piece of prime real estate for P80,000 per square meter which he declined. This property likewise produces for him a couple of thousand pesos monthly income.

Not only did Rene save his hard earned boxing earnings, he made the amount grow many times over to secure his family’s well being even in the years to come.

Learning from Rene

I learned from Rene a more fatherly approach to address my son’s “sonly” (is this word possible?) need.

Rene Barrientos should have a bigger audience of fellow fighters and speak about how he made his little earnings from boxing grow for the fighters to learn from.

With his good reputation as a former Junior Lightweight champion of the world intact, his fellow fighters and even boxing managers, promoters, trainers, GAB personnel, boxing officials and writers would, most probably, have their attention undivided for Rene Barrientos.

I wrote this piece as my initial contribution towards a boxer’s developing an interest in his own life after he retires from boxing. Anybody who has that opportunity to talk to a fighter now, please tell him about Rene Barrientos.

Boxing has given our country probably more honors than any other sport. We should care for our boxers’ welfare.

As Rene Barrientos aptly puts it, “without the boxer, where would you in whatever involvement in boxing you are in, be?”.



Back to Epifanio M. Almeda's Articles Listing



Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • ARUM SAYS ALVARADO FIRST THEN MATTHYSSE NEXT FOR PACQUIAO
    By Maloney L. Samaco, 23 Feb 2018
  • JOJO DIAZ KOs TERRAZAS TO RETAIN NABF AND NABO TITLES
    By , 23 Feb 2018
  • PHOTOS: SUPERFLY 2 FINAL PRESSER
    By , 23 Feb 2018
  • Dana White: Jon Jones & I Finally Spoke After 2 Years, Talked Comeback
    By , 23 Feb 2018
  • CHUA, IGNACIO BANNER COUNTRY'S BID IN JAPAN 10-BALL TOURNEY
    By Marlon Bernardino, 23 Feb 2018
  • Viloria stronger than ever
    By Joaquin Henson, 23 Feb 2018
  • Arzona Boxing News & Notes with Don Smith: Benavidez Strong, El Saber es Poder & More
    By Don Smith, 23 Feb 2018
  • MICHAEL "HAMMER FIST" FARENAS RETURNS TO THE RING APRIL 7, IN CANADA
    By , 23 Feb 2018
  • Rances Barthelemy Las Vegas Media Workout Quotes
    By , 23 Feb 2018
  • Conor McGregor Blasted By Frankie Edgar's Manager, 'He'll Beat Your Ass'
    By , 23 Feb 2018
  • Unbeaten Dominican Welterweight Contender Carlos Adames Signs Multi-Year Promotional Agreement With Top Rank
    By , 23 Feb 2018
  • SUPERFLY 2 FINAL PRESSER: NIETES MEETS REVECO
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, 23 Feb 2018
  • T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS TO HOST HISTORIC REMATCH BETWEEN CANELO ALVAREZ AND GENNADY 'GGG' GOLOVKIN
    By , 23 Feb 2018
  • SHOWTIME SPORTSŪ LAUNCHES NEW DIGITAL TALK SHOW BELOW THE BELT
    By , 23 Feb 2018
  • NEW ENGLAND TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS Open division semifinal results from Lowell
    By , 23 Feb 2018
  • Brock Lesnar Is Primed for UFC Comeback, Says WWE Manager Paul Heyman
    By , 23 Feb 2018
  • Mike Tyson: Deontay Wilder Could Beat Me? 'I Don't Think So'
    By , 22 Feb 2018
  • ANCAJAS TO MEET MAYOR SARA DUTERTE
    By Lito delos Reyes, 22 Feb 2018
  • Hotshots eye twice-to-beat incentive vs Bolts in Cagayan de Oro
    By Eddie Alinea, 22 Feb 2018
  • RECARTE TIAUSON JOINS STRONG VIETNAM CHESS TOURNEY
    By Marlon Bernardino, 22 Feb 2018





  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2018 philboxing.com.