Unknown Bicol pugilist carving a niche in Japan sports

Oriental Boxing Federation Bantamweight Champion Rolly "Matsuchita" Lunas. displays his form and belt following a resolution unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Panglalawigan of Albay that commends him of his feat. PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL/BICOLTODAY.COM

By Elmer James Bandol

LEGAZPI CITY (BicolToday.com/27-Nov-2012) – Bicol pugilist “a la Manny Pacquiao” is carving a niche in the world of sports, not for the Philippines but for Japan instead, just the same a recognition was bestowed on him by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay (SPA).

Board Member Ricky V. Ziga, son of former Sen. Vic S. Ziga and youngest legislator of the Sanggunian, has sponsored a resolution giving recognition to Rolly “Matsushita” Lunas, 29, who hails from Tabaco City, for his achievements in boxing during the 113th regular session held Tuesday at the Capitol here.

Despite sporting a Japanese name and having his residence in Japan, Lunas was duly commended unanimously by the SPA for his successful defense of his Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Bantamweight Title following an 11th round technical knockout against Ryuichi Funai on Sept. 23, 2012.

“I am a Filipino and Albayano” Lunas quipped when asked why he is using a Japanese name. According to him, in his strong determination to pursue his boxing career, he accepted the offer of his promoter and handler, hence, “Matsushita” was added to his name.

Since his ring debut in 2000, Lunas earned an impressive record of 31 wins against eight loses that ranked him as the number 3 man in the World Bantamweight Division. He said, because of this rank, he is scheduled to face the reigning World Boxing Organization Bantamweight Champion Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand in February next year.

According to his relative Manuel Vosotros, Lunas was born in the village of Matagbac, Tabaco City where his penchant for boxing was awakened during Manny Pacquiao’s early fights by aping the boxing style of the world’s pound- for- pound champion.

“We proudly convey congratulations and kudos to Rolly Matsushita Lunas as fellow Albayano for bringing prestige and honor not only to Bicol but to the whole country as well. We express strong support to boost his morale and fighting spirit for his upcoming title fight next year in Tokyo, Japan”, Ziga emphatically said.

Albay Gov. Joey S. Salceda, on the same vein, has fully recognized the feat of Lunas as he affirmed the same support for the young Albayano ring warrior. [BicolToday.com]

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