By Ronnie Nathanielsz
The Philippines No. 1 flyweight Fernando Lumacad is ready to face Mexican warrior Jorge “Travieso” Arce in what is certain to be a stiff test for the comparatively inexperienced 23 year old Filipino in Chihuahua , Mexico on June 20.
The 29 year old Arce has a record of 51-5-1 with 39 knockouts while Lumacad has a record of 19 -1-2 with 7 knockouts.
However, both Lumacad and his handlers led by Ken Smith of the American Boxing Academy in Digos, Davao are excited about the opportunity to fight Arce who is one of Mexico’s most colorful boxers.
Smith informed BoxingScene.com, insidesports.ph, Standard Today and Viva Sports that Lumacad has been “running on the mountains of Mindanao ” and has sparred with bantamweight Ray Las Pinas of General Santos City and Romeo Jakosalem.
Lumacad’s American handler said “the fight with Arce is an incredible opportunity for Lumacad and the possibility of upsetting the great Mexican legend is there.”
Smith told us that his fighter is going to Mexico with only the thought of winning on his mind and “sees Arce as the fighter between him and his family’s dream of a better life.
The American handler said he believes that on June 20 “we will see the birth of another Filipino warrior in the image of other now legendary Filipino fighters.”
Smith said that Lumacad “will be as prepared as he could possibly be and he will fight and we will see then, when the Mexican dust settles if a fighter is born.”
Clearly, Lumacad is a huge underdog. He doesn’t have the power of Arce and hasn’t fought against the quality of fighters that Arce has met. In his last fight on March 6 Lumacad won by a 6th round technical decision over Arnold Montojo in a rematch where an accidental head-butt caused a cut on Lumacad and the bout was stopped. Prior to that he scored a ten round unanimous decision over Dondon Jimenea and on October 4 was involved in an unimpressive twelve round draw in a battle for the vacant WBO Oriental flyweight title against Suriyan Por Chockchai of Thailand .
On November 19, 2007 Lumacad lost in a fight f or the vacant Asian Boxing Council title against former world champion Wandee Singwancha who last May 28 was knocked out in the 2nd round by the undefeated 18 year old “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona in a clash for the vacant WBO Oriental flyweight title.
Arce, on the other hand won the WBA Interim super flyweight title with a 4th round TKO over Isidro Garcia but then got bludgeoned by Vic Darchinyan and retired in the 11th round of a WBC/WBA/IBF super flyweight title fight last February 7, 2009.
Arce who has been training under Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, the trainer of Juan Manuel Marquez at the famous Romanza Gym in Mexico claims if he had trained under Beristain before he “ would not have lost the world championship.”