By Chito Yu Katangkatang
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
We all remember Fernando Lumacad as the young lad who was knocked out by Jorge Arce in the third round. Everybody loses at a certain point. And more often than not, a boxer’s loss will only make him better. The loss was definitely a wake up call for the young pug from General Santos City. After two losses in a row against Arce and Juan Montes, Lumacad has showed maturity and has in fact won the WBC Asia Continental Flyweight Title. His most recent notable vitory was a unanimous decision win against Glenn Suminguit in a fight held in Hong Kong.
Now, another big break is given to Lumacad as he faces WBA Flyweight Kingpin Hernan “Tyson” Marquez. Marquez is a strong puncher and has been knocking out opponents left and right. He has recently beaten late replacement Ritchie Mepranum and has knocked out Edrin Dapudong earlier. But all is fair in boxing. We never know what happens inside the ring.
Lumacad’s Filipino Manager JC Mananquil has told this scribe, “Fernando is a different guy as to when he lost to Arce and Montes. He has grown mature as a boxer and as a person. He is a family man. He has a better source of inspiration and motivation to win. He has also been punishing himself during training and has developed better skills. He is stronger and had better lateral movements. I know Marquest is a flyweight monster, but once Lumacad hits him, it can be a different story. He is very hungry for the victory. He knows what’s in store if he wins this one.”
The Marquez vs. Lumacad fight will be held on July 14, Saturday (Sunday morning Philippine Time) at the Palenque de la Feria Ganadera, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.