Arum working on Donaire vs. Arce fight for 12/15 in Mexico City
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is hard at work in trying to set up a match between his fighter WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KO’s) against a passed his best, undersized Jorge Arce (61-6-2, 46 KO’s) on December 15th in Mexico City, Mexico.
The fight, if Arum can set it up, will be pretty much aimed at the consumption of Arce and Donaire’s loving fans because knowledgeable fans that just want to see a good fight will see this for what it is – is mismatch money fight.
I just hope Arum doesn’t make the Arce-Donaire fight a pay per view bout because that would be laughable unless Arum discounts it steeply to the $1 dollar range. Even that would be far too high for that fight in my view. It’s more like a 50 cents fight or one where they pay you to watch. It’s just a terrible mismatch, and Arum would have to really load up the undercard to make it a palatable fight to watch.
It’s a bout just to pretty much make money for Arce and Donaire, because the outcome is academic as they come. Arce doesn’t have a prayer in this fight, and will be just another old guy that Donaire is beating up on. Donaire just finished beating a rusty, old Toshiaki Nishioka last week in a 9th round TKO. Nishioka hadn’t fought in over a year and it showed. He looked awful, although he also looked equally terrible the last time he fought a year ago against Rafael Marquez. But against Donaire, it was much worse because Nishioka didn’t even try to win and just stood around stinking up the joint, making Donaire look silly for saying that Nishioka was the best fighter in the super bantamweight division.
That was what Donaire had been saying when he was asked why he isn’t fighting WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. Donaire would come back to the same excuse over and over again, that he thought that Nishioka was the best fighter in the division and that’s why he was fighting him. Few people believed it, though, and that was confirmed when Nishioka looked like an old past his best fighter against Donaire
Now boxing fans are about to see Donaire fight another old guy in 33-year-old Arce. While Arce isn’t old in terms of chronological age, his body is definitely old and he’s taken a lot of punishment in his fights. He recently fought Jesus Rojas, a young 25-year-old featherweight, and Arce was getting handled pretty badly when he suddenly fell down after getting cuffed on the head, punched low and hit on the back. Arce was in too much pain to continue, but many boxing fans suspected that Arce simply quit when the going was starting to get tough for him.
Donaire said this about his mismatch against Arce to the Manila Standard: “Arce’s style is tailor-made for me.”
That about sums up what I feel about Arce as well. He’s definitely tailor made for Donaire and this is going to be a sick mismatch.