FILIPINO Nonito Donaire Jr. expects it to be bloody. Mexican Jorge Arce calls it business.
The way the two of them talked, both of them will definitely throw caution to the wind when boxing’s best super-bantamweights finally meet in the ring in a potentially slam-bang affair on December 15 (December 16 Manila time) at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
Donaire, the reigning World Boxing Organization 122-lbs title-holder, and Arce attended the official press conference for the 12-round match on Thursday (Friday, in Manila) held by Top Rank Promotions in the same fight venue in Texas.
Both the Filipino and Mexican confidently said they are going to win the `war’ in a fitting end to an action-packed boxing year.
“It’s gonna be bloody, it’s gonna be tough, it’s gonna be rough. This is going to be an exciting fight,” the 29-year-old Donaire exclaimed.
But Arce countered, “I want to make this clear, I’m going to win … Nonito is a very good friend, but unfortunately, this is business.”
This will be the fourth time Donaire will be fighting for 2012, which he began by winning the WBO version of the belt with a split decision over former titleholder Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
The `Filipino Flash’ made his first defense of the title with lopsided decision over South African Jeffrey Mathebula to unify the International Boxing Federation crown.
Donaire later gave up the IBF belt and retained the WBO championship with a ninth-round knockout of Toshiaki Nishioka just last month.
In Arce, however, Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs) faces perhaps one of his toughest fights.
A world champion in light flyweight, super-flyweight, super-bantamweight, and bantamweight, the 33-year-old Mexican may no longer be at the prime of his career, but had been into numerous memorable brawls in boxing history.
Arce sports a 61-6-2 record, with 33 KOs.