By Ronnie Nathanielsz
The manager of the Philippines No.1 ranked flyweight Fernando Lumacad (19-1-2, 7 KO’s) Ken Smith, says he is certain of one thing and that is that Lumacad “will enter the ring unafraid and will engage (Jorge) Arce (51-5-1, 39 KO’s).”
The fight which was scheduled for June 20 in Tijuana , Mexico has now been moved to Atlantic City on June 27 and will probably replace the scheduled bantamweight title fight between Fernando Montiel and Eric Morel since Montiel was reportedly been injured in training.
The promoters had inquired whether Z "The Dream" Gorres was ready to step in and face Morel for the title but ALA Gym patron Tony Aldeguer turned down the offer since it was very short notice for Gorres to be ready and to be able to make the weight in two weeks time.
Since the Lumacad-Arce fight has been moved to Atlantic City, Smith told us he would take Lumacad to Washington to continue his training at former world lightweight contender Bert Summers gym adding that "we are doing the best we can for Fernando, to keep him ready."
Smith informed BoxingScene.com, insidesports.ph, Standard Today and Viva Sports that Lumacad will train for the next two days in Los Angeles and then fly to El Paso , Texas before leaving for Mexico.
Smith conceded that the clash with the warrior Arce “will be a hard fight” which he expects to go the full twelve round distance .
He said the team including trainer Glenn Salazar was doing its best to “keep Fernando relaxed and focused” adding that the Filipino fighter was “as ready as can be” ”
Smith who owns the American Boxing Academy in Digos, Davao in Southern Philippines said “we are all very confident even if the boxing world isn’t” and even though Lumacad is “a huge underdog” against Arce.
He said the fight with Arce “is the biggest thing that happened to this kid.”