TOUGH Mexican warrior Jorge Arce relishes the thought that he is the decided underdog in his December 15 super-bantamweight title fight against reigning champion Nonito Donaire Jr.
He’s been in the same boat before, and time and again defied the odds. And against the `Filipino Flash,’ the 33-year-old Arce doesn’t see any reason why he can’t do it again.
“They can say I’m crazy and much more, but I have shut the mouths of the critics many times, and against Donaire, it will be no different,” he said.
Arce, who won world titles in the flyweight, super-flyweight, bantamweight, and super-bantamweight divisions, appeared washed up when he fought rising Puerto Rican Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. last year for the WBO super-bantamweight title.
Although knocked down in round four, the native of Los Mochis Mexico proceeded to pressure Vazquez onwards before referee Joe Cortez decided to stop the bout 55 seconds into the final round, allowing Arce to wrest the 122-lb. title.
Arce fought five more times after that, but hardly showed signs of the brute force that made him one of the most exciting little fighters in all of boxing. He even had to settle for a 10-round unanimous decision against little-known Mauricio Martinez in his last fight in September.
But the 16-year veteran, owner of a 61-6-2 record including 46 KOs, knows the fight against Donaire will be like no other he had been in before.
To prove how much he wanted to win it, Arce already began training even before the fight was officially announced on Thursday (Friday Manila time) under venerable Mexican trainer Ignacio `Nacho’ Beristain.
“I am preparing like never before along with the best trainer Mexico has given to the world,” said Arce, referring to the legendary Beristain, who also trains Juan Manuel Marquez.
“I will win on December 15.”