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Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Jorge Arce this Saturday, October 4th

Jhonny Gonzalez Jorge ArceBy Dan Ambrose: This Saturday night on October 4th, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) will be defending his World Boxing Council title against 35-year-old, former 4 division world champion Jorge Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) at the Cancha de Usos Multiples Praderas de Villa, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.

This fight has mismatch written all over it because Arce has looked horrible in his recent comeback fights against Jorge Lacierva, Aldimar Silva Santos, and Jose Carmona.

Arce will likely make it one or two rounds before Gonzalez knocks him out on Saturday in this face. It’s such a bad mismatch. I’m really surprised the WBC sanctioned this fight, because Arce is way too small at 5’4” to be fighting at featherweight. He was too small to be fighting at super bantamweight, and now he’s trying to fight at featherweight.

The WBC gave Arce a #10 ranking with their organization at featherweight despite Arce not having faced any top level contenders in that weight class. The WBC’s high ranking for Arce gives Gonzalez cover to face him, but they’re still not going Arce any real favors because he’s not in Gonzalez’s class, neither in size, youth or talent.

Only 2 years separates the two fighters, but Gonzalez appears to be the much younger fighter, and of course the much bigger fighter. Arce is someone who really hasn’t looked like the same fighter he once was ever since he left the flyweight division in 2006.

At flyweight, Arce was pretty much unbeatable. There was no one at that weight that could compete with him because he had too much power and tenacity. But since moving up in weight, Arce has suffered losses to Cristian Mijares at super flyweight, Simphiwe Nongqayi and Vic Darchinyan.

Arce was given a controversial draw in a fight he appeared to lose to Lorenzo Parra in 2010. In 2012, Arce was dropped by Jesus M Rojas in the 2nd round of their clash. Arce then wouldn’t get up and said he’d hurt his ear when he was hit on the side of the head by the hard hitting Rojas. Had that fight gone further, it likely would have gone bad for Arce because Rojas looked pretty tough. In December 2012, Arce was wiped out by Nonito Donaire in 3 one-sided rounds.

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