Donaire dispatches close friend Arce into retirement
The Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire, is without question one of
the most thrilling pound-for-pound contenders out there right now.
Roared on by a 7,000+ crowd at the Toyota Center, Houston, Donaire
exacted revenge for the Philippines over Mexico following national
hero Manny Pacquiao's KO defeat against Juan Manuel Marquez last
In what was American commentator Larry Merchant's final ever
bout after 35 years calling fights from ringside, Donaire rose to
the occasion with a blistering third round KO.
Arce, 33, had promised his children that he would retire should
he lose, and the emphatic nature of the defeat makes it almost
certain that he will stay true to his word. The Mexican's first
journey to the canvas came after a stinging right-left combination
near the end of the second.
The lightning quick Donaire ended the contest in the following
round, with 2.59 on the clock. The Filipino, ranked sixth in Ring
Magazine's pound-for-pound ratings, used his post-fight interview
to pay tribute to his vanquished opponent, and call out Abner Mares
and Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Filipino Flash Donaire faces tough defence against Jorge
Nonito Donaire's fourth
and final World title fight in 2012 sees him line up another
difficult challenge in the experienced former World champion Jorge
Donaire, 30, won the WBO World Super-Bantamweight crown from
Wilfredo Vazquez Junior in February, before making successful
defences against Jeffrey Mathebula and Toshiaki Nishioka.
Donaire's only KO of the year came in the ninth round against
Nishioka in October
Now the Filipino Flash is eyeing up a hattrick of World title
defences, and has the 33-year-old Mexican Jorge Arce in his
For Arce, this bout presents a chance to reclaim the WBO title
he previously vacated. Arce is 61 - 6 - 2, and, between interim and
full belts, has held seven titles across five divisions. The
Mexican is undoubtedly an entertaining fighter, and a challenge
against Nonito Donaire is bound to be a thriller.
Arce's fights are often exciting tear-ups, and Donaire will be