Jorge Arce to come out of retirement for one more fight
By Dan Ambrose: 33-year-old former four division world champion Jorge Arce (61-7-2, 46 KO’s) recently announced his retirement after being blown out in three rounds by WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire last month on December 15th. Now, however, Arce is talking about wanting to come back for one last fight because he didn’t like the way his career ended by being knocked out.
Arce told the record.com.mx “[I’m doing it] not for money. I think I owe the public a war. All my fights have been exciting. Donaire surprised me with his speed, power and moved very fast…I want to retire with a memorable fight, a war for 12 rounds for people to be satisfied.”
It sounds good in theory but who can Arce fight a war with in terms of the contenders at super bantamweight? Arce looked terrible against Donaire and looked equally as bad in his fight with the young Puerto Rican Jesus Rojas last year in June. That’s the fight where Arce started off well in the 1st round, but then started taking serious punishment in the 2nd round from Rojas. Arce then went down on the canvas from a three punch combination from Rojas. Arce stayed on the canvas holding his left ear and wincing in pain. The fight was then stopped but a lot of boxing fans think Arce took the easy way out of the fight to escape what may have led to a loss. If Arce wants to continue fighting then he should face Rojas because there’s definitely unfinished business with that fight.
I don’t know who Arce can fight in a war unless he’s talking about taking on a fringe contender or someone along those lines. If Arce faces one of the good contenders like Victor Terrazaz, Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., it’s not going to be a 12 round war. Arce will lose to all of those guys at this point. I know Arce beat Vazquez Jr. in the past after rallying to stop him in the 12th, but Arce doesn’t appear to be fighting at the same level as he was then. He’s aged and he won’t be able to do the same thing he did in the past.
I figured Arce’s retirement wouldn’t last very long but I at least thought it would be six months before he chose to come back, but one month is ridiculous. I see Arce continuing to fight and perhaps announcing his retirement three or four more times before he finally hangs up his gloves. He’s 33 now, and I can see this going until he’s really up there in age.