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Jorge Arce faces Aldimar Silva Santos this Saturday in Sonora, Mexico

Jorge ArceBy Dan Amrbose: 34-year-old Jorge Arce (62-7-2, 47 KO’s) will be in action this Saturday night against journeyman Aldimar Silva Santos (9-7, 10 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Domo de la Macroplaza, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Arce had been in retirement after a 3rd round knockout loss to former WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire in December 2012. Arce’s retirement lasted for exactly 11 months. He came back last year in November and defeated Jose Carmona by an 8th round stoppage.

Arce came back because he wants to capture a world title in the featherweight division to become a 5-division world champion. Like Juan Manuel Marquez, Arce is looking to add to his legacy by trying to capture another world title in another weight class. And like Marquez, Arce’s chances of success are very slim. In fact, I’d say Arce’s chances of winning a world title at featherweight are basically zero. He’s not going to beat Jhonny Gonzalez, Simpiwe Vetyeka, Nicholas Walters or Evgeny Gradovich.

Arce can forget about the vacant WBO title because the WBO will be letting two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomacheko fight for that title again in the Summer after he was beaten by Orlando Salido in his last fight.

Santos is tailor-made for Arce to beat on Saturday night. Santos has lost 4 out of his last 5 fights with three of the defeats coming by knockout. If Arce can’t beat this guy then he needs to go back into retirement and stay there permanently, because a loss to Santos will clearly show that it’s over for Arce. Even if Arce beats him, if he struggles to win, it’ll be a bad sign that Arce should retire. Arce needs to win impressively to be taken seriously as a someone deserving for a title shot. Arce will get a title shot soon at featherweight, because he’s one of the few fighters that is well known. However, that doesn’t mean that Arce will have a chance at capturing a title. That’s definitely not going to be happening.

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