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Parra faces Arce tomorrow, could ruin Donaire fight

By Dan Ambrose: Lorenzo Parra (31-3-1, 18 KO’s) has a big opportunity on Saturday night to defeat 32-year-old former four division world champion Jorge Arce (59-6-2, 45 KO’s) and thus ruin Arce’s planned fight against WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire in September.

Arce already fought the 33-year-old Parra in September 2010 and got a gift 10 round draw. Many people who saw that fight felt that Parra won the fight by 4 rounds. However, due to Parra, who is from Venezuela, being the visiting fighter, he had to settle for a draw.


Now he’s fighting Arce again in Mexico in another 10 round bout and you have to figure that Parra will have to do something extra special just to get a draw in this fight. I don’t think they’ll give him the decision unless he really gives Arce a major beating. But if he does get the win then Donaire is going to have to make other plans for September because the boxing public will laugh him to death if he faces Arce off of a loss.

Parra fought really well against Arce, taking advantage of the Mexican fighters’ openings to jab and counter punch Arce to a standstill. Like I said, Parra dominated the fight and should have won by at least four rounds but had to settle for a draw. In Parra’s most recent fight, he was stopped by WBA Super World bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno in the 8th round of a one-sided fight. Just as Parra had dominated Arce with his jab and movement, Moreno was able to jab and move his way to an easy win over Parra. Arce definitely is getting Parra at the right moment with him coming off a disappointing performance like that but Arce is really tailor made for Parra with his tendency to rush forward straight into Parra’s shots.

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