Lunas hopes to extend streak-A A +A
Sunday, September 29, 2013
IN THE past seven years, Rolly Lunas has made a name for himself in Japan, becoming one of the top bantamweights in the “Land of the Rising Sun”.
Following his recent move to the US this year, the 29-year-old road warrior wants to make a statement by beating a promising American boxer in Chris Avalos.
“Avalos is a fighter. I don’t want to say anything about him. I will train hard for this fight because my dream depends on this fight. I treat this as my most important fight because if I win this, I will make a name for myself here in America,” Lunas told Sun.Star Cebu.
Lunas, ranked sixth in the bantamweight division of the World Boxing Council (WBC), faces North American Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion Avalos on Nov. 16
Lunas has become a household name in Japan, beating some of the top Japanese fighters and winning two Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) in different weight divisions in his stay there.
In his 13-year career, Lunas has fought some of the who’s who of his weight division, the likes of current World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno and former world champion Malcolm Tuñacao.
He is on a seven-fight winning streak and he beat German Meraz by unanimous decision in his North American debut in Mexico last Aug. 21.
Lunas is currently training at the House of Boxing under American trainer Vince Parra.
The 23-year-old Avalos is a promising up-and-comer ranked No. 1 in the World Boxing Organization (WBO), eighth in the WBA and 10th in the International Boxing Federation.
Avalos is fresh from a unanimous decision victory over Filipino Drian Francisco last July.
Lunas is 32-8-1 with 19 knockouts, while Avalos is 22-2 with 16 knockouts.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2013.