With a lucrative Fall showdown against WBO flyweight titlist, Brian Viloria possibly in play, WBA flyweight champ, Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (33-2, 25 KOs) finds himself in a tough spot before this Saturday’s non-title clash with tough Filipino fringe contender, Fernando Lumacad (26-3-3, 11 KOs) at the Palenque de la Feria Ganadera in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Faced with a mandatory bout against WBA interim flyweight champ, Juan Carlos Reveco and his own increasing troubles in making the 112 lb. limit, Marquez, The Boxing Tribune’s #1 ranked flyweight, could be forced into either relinquishing his title for the sake of the big money bout with Viloria or abandoning the division altogether with an eye on taking the WBA super flyweight title from Tepparith Kokietgym in Thailand.
In the meantime, with plenty of uncertainty hanging over the 23-year-old’s head, he faces Lumacad this Saturday in a ten round bout designated as a WBA super flyweight eliminator.
Currently, Marquez still holds his flyweight title, although that status may officially change after Saturday. World champ since dethroning Luis Concepcion in Panama in April of 2011, Marquez has made two successful defenses, stopping Edrin Dapudong in three rounds and then taking out former champ, Concepcion, in the first. In his last bout, Marquez took a ten round unanimous decision from Richie Mepranum in a last-minute non-title affair hurriedly put together after Marquez’s inability to make the flyweight limit prompted original foe, Rodel Mayol, to walk away.
Lumacad is a well-traveled 26-year-old veteran from General Santos City in the Philippines who has performed well at lower levels, but has so far failed when fighting next-level talent. Lumacad’s most noteworthy fights to date came in 2009 when Jorge Arce stopped him in three rounds and Juan Jose Montes beat him via one-sided unanimous decision.
Also on the card, former WBC super flyweight titlist, Tomas Rojas (38-13-1, 25 KOs) will take on Colombian journeyman, Manuel de los Reyes Herrera (19-9-1, 13 KOs) in a ten round junior featherweight bout.
Despite an eleven-month reign as WBC 115 lb. champ, Rojas is best known for his claim that he was paid to take a dive in his 2007 bout with Jorge Arce.