Donaire Makes Short Work of Jorge Arce

By Robert Ecksel on December 15, 2012
Donaire Makes Short Work of Jorge Arce
Donaire made short work of the former four-division champion. (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

Nonito Donaire is taller, younger, faster and stronger than Jorge Arce, and he put those advantages to good use…

Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) successfully defended his WBO bantamweight title by stopping Jorge Arce (61-7-2, 46 KOs) at 2:59 of round three.

Fighting out of the red corner in red trucks with blue trim, Donaire made short work of the the former four-division champion.

Arce, fighting out of the blue corner in white trunks trimmed with blue, was a serious underdog going in. It was thought that the fight would be less a fight than a formality, especially since the two men are friends, and that’s exactly what it was.

Donaire is taller, younger, faster and stronger than Arce, and he put those advantages to good use.

Round one was a feeling out round. Donaire kept Arce at the end of his jab. Arce couldn’t, or perhaps wouldn’t, close the distance between him and Nonito, which made it an easy 10-9 for the Filipino Flash.

Donaire started using both hands in round two. Arce’s inability to cut off the ring left him with no option but to follow the champ. A quick right dropped Arce. He objected to the ref’s call, but his objection was overruled and the fight resumed with Arce getting nailed at the bell.

Arce was busier in round three. He was crowding Donaire, bringing his fight to Donaire with some success. But of by opening up, Arce left himself open to Nonito’s counters. Donaire landed again and Arce went down again. He beat the count, and this time there were no objections. Maybe there was no time to object as Donaire caught and dropped Arce again. Referee Lawrence Cole waved it off and that was that.

Donaire landed 28 of 93 punches to 13 of 96 for Arce.

After the fight, the media savvy Donaire said, “I went out there and just pretty much timed him. We knew that he would open up. He was a tough guy. He actually got me in the body. I didn’t expect him to do that. He was pretty difficult, but I caught him with a short right hand coming in and a counter hook coming in.

“Arce’s a great friend of mine. We knew what we were up against. But we wanted to see the distance, and that’s what we agreed to do was to figure out the distance and slow him down to think he has a chance to get in there and open up.

“There were a lot of fans who were, ‘You gotta do this. You gotta do this. You gotta do this. You gotta do this. This is for the Philippines.’ And it’s true. But I love Mexico as well. Mexican fighters are tough and I have the best respect for all of them. My friend here, Robert Garcia, is Mexican, so I’m hoping they can be proud of what I’ve done tonight.”

Arce was less talkative but no less precise.

“My career is over,” he said. “I’m leaving after the best man. I have a family to take care of, my children, and I promised them if I lost I would leave, I would quit. I lost—and I’m a gentleman. He’s very good. I thought I could have done a better job, but the man who has the power can finish the job at any moment.

“I’m proud to have lost against the best, the better man. It fills me with lots of honor. Thankfully I’ve taken care of everything I earned…thankfully so. I go home now, I retire to watch TV, and also not to retire from the world of boxing, because I’ll be an announcer. But I’d rather watch the fights on TV.”

If Top Rank and Golden Boy can put aside their differences, for nothing less than the good of boxing, we like to see Nonito fight Abner Mares next.

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(16-12-2012) Jorge "El Travieso" Arce VS Nonito "Filipino Flash" Donaire



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  1. the thresher 07:57am, 12/18/2012

    Galva, viva boxing!

  2. Galva 10:16pm, 12/17/2012

    @thresher it’s just a damn shame it comes down to race and nationality.  It takes away from boxing.  Black vs white, Filipino vs Mexican? It should be about puncher vs counter puncher, slick vs brawler, etc.  Well, whatever bodyshots thinks about Filipino fighters, I’m still both a Pac and Marquez fan.  I’m even a Mayweather fan.  A Guerrero fan, a Canelo fan, a Ward fan, Sergio fan, not so much a Broner fan or a Gamboa fan (i think their head is too swollen).  It’s just about boxing.  Nothin more, nothin less.  Viva boxing!

  3. the thresher 08:26pm, 12/17/2012

    Raul and Galva, Bodyshots is relentless and will never give an inch on Filipino fighters being worth a damn.Give it up. I’ve been fighting him for 10 years though he uses another name as do I on another site. It’s to no avail. He keeps coming like Marquez and will never give up. Viva Donaire!

  4. Raul 06:03pm, 12/17/2012

    Just to be clear, I’m Puerto Rican so I’m not taking sides based on nationality but I agree with galvaran.  Bodyshots, why are you making this a Filipino versus Mexico thing?  You do know that Donaire is trained by a Mexican?  And if it is flip versus Mexico thing then Mexico would be behind in terms of fights since Pac has basically retired I don’t know like 5 Mexican fighters.  And no, 1 knockout doesn’t make it even.  And of course let’s not forget how Pac made Morales quit. Isn’t quitting worse than getting knocked out?  Finally, even if Marquez wasn’t on PEDs he hired a guy who is a known PED peddler and who is an expert at hiding PED use.  So Marquez’s “win” is tainted, no matter what.  I personally think Pac and Marquez were both on something.  Marquez just use a little bit more.  Seriously, out 4 fights its the only fight he’s been able to knock Manny down?  And it just started just as he gets the guy who pushes PEDs?  Lets get real.

  5. Galva 05:24pm, 12/17/2012

    @bodyshots, you obviously have something against Filipino fighters.  So since what’s your comment about Marquez being so big?  Of course there was no way he was juicing right?  As for donaire, who do you think he should fight?  Mares?  Rigondeux?  I’m sure that’s in the works, even donaire said he asked for those fights already.  So, instead of playing down donaire why don’t you just give him a little credit?  Your hero Marquez gave Manny credit saying “he could have knocked me out?”. Arce have donaire credit calling him the best.

  6. Joe 02:07pm, 12/17/2012

    Arce looked like a rag doll. He have nothing to do in that ring. He was way over his head as a boxer fighting Donaire.

  7. takeo 10:19am, 12/16/2012

    Larry Merchant said after Donaire TKO ARCE,
    Merchant: after the drug testing that Donaire put himself through that there are NO QUESTION mark here tonight.
    LAMPLEY: 100%
    They implying that Donaire having have Conte in his side that Donaire is 100% drug free and he is CLEAN.

  8. Bodyshots 09:45am, 12/16/2012

    KOing a guy, who was also KO’d by Michael Carbajal(?!), in the last fight of his career, is hardly a P4P cred for Donaire. he desperately needs to crank his comp level up a couple of notches before being able to “get even” with Mexico. Btw, i assume he’ll be doing this single-handedly as i don’t know of any other Filipino fighter on anybody’s P4P radar(?). particularly not after Pacquiao’s* DEMOLITION at the fists of Marquez. too bad Pacquiao* rejected OSTing for his fight v. Marquez. i guess we’ll never know just how juiced Pacquiao* really was for this fight and most likely every fight he’s had above 135lbs but whose “whining” now?

  9. takeo 12:14am, 12/16/2012

    arce only trained maybe 3 to 4 weeks with No Angel Marquez Hererra, so there was not enough time to use No Angel magic mixed or they will get caught, but had ARCE trained for 4 months like marquez did they would have plenty of time to use No Angel mixes properly and perfectly without getting caught.

  10. Vince 11:43pm, 12/15/2012

    Much as i dislike Marquez because he is an inveterate whiner, I like and admire Jorge very much and I’m sorry he lost but I had to root for Donaire. His loss to a greater fighter, however, doesn’t diminish his greatness whatsoever as a fighter.

    Congratulations to Donaire and Salute to Jorge Arce!

  11. David Matthew 10:27pm, 12/15/2012

    What an unbelievably precise left-hook that was. Spectacular.

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