Jun 10, 2 years ago

Arce brandished ‘coward’ by Jesus Rojas as ruckus turns into no decision due to Jorge injury

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

What had been shaping up to be a classic brawl between two of boxing’s greatest rival nations – Puerto Rico and Mexico – ended in anti-climax as Jorge Arce and Jesus Rojas left the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas on Saturday, June 9 with a no contest on their record. An electric opening session was countered swiftly in the next as, ten seconds into round two, an illegal move resulted in an Arce injury, something that Rojas refuses to believe…

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Delgado’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Arce
10 - - - - - - - - -
- -
Rojas
8 - -
- - - - - - - - -

Official verdict: No contest.

“I put him down in the first round and then with my experience I was dominating him,” said experienced and fan-friendly Arce (60-6-2, 46ko) to HBO.

The knockdown struck by Arce in the first stanza, though, led to a competitive scuffle and those at ringside collectively – and rightly – assumed a barnburner was about to erupt. However, ten seconds into round two, Arce was on the canvas and was granted a five minute respite as he was effectively dropped with a four punch combination with each shot as illegal as the last (a clash of heads, a low blow, a shot to the kidney and a left hook to the ear when his back was turned).

It was the punch to the ear that did the most damage as Arce explained: “He hit me and I heard booming sounds. I understand his anxiety made him act that way. He hit me behind the ear, I feel like I’m falling sideways but with the ice I’m feeling better. This fight can’t end this way, we’ll do this again. We’ll have a rematch.”

Rojas (18-1-1, 13ko) did not accept Arce’s side of the story and believes the Sinaloa slugger was looking for an escape route. The 25-year-old said: “It is unfortunate, I came here to fight… yes, he put me down but I wanted to fight. The referee didn’t intervene at any moment and I hit him in the face. I threw a punch and that was it. The referee never intervened. [Arce is] a coward, he didn’t come to fight.”

On his decision to stop the contest, renowned referee Kenny Bayliss stated that Arce “got hit with an unintentional low blow. I gave him the full five minutes, he complained about his ear, I called the doctor in and he said he could not continue.”

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Jun 9, 2 years ago

Photos: Arce, Rojas, Kennedy, Rigondeaux, Jones, Bailey and Bradley weigh-in but crowd reserves roars for Pacquiao

Words: Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Photos: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

The four televised pay-per-view fighters competing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 9 all weighed-in yesterday but despite the appearances of Jesus Rojas, Jorge Arce, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Teon Kennedy, Mike Jones, Randall Bailey and Timothy Bradley, it was Manny Pacquiao who attracted raucous rock-star applause. Additionally, the Filipino was not fazed over the intimidation tactics employed by his challenger…

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Las Vegas is used to Pacmania descending upon the city when Filipino icon Manny arrives to fight

Tall welterweight Mike Jones (left) weighed-in at 146.5lbs while Randall Bailey came in at 146lbs

Jorge Arce grimaced as he was slightly over at 123.5lbs

Out of the quartet of contests broadcast by HBO and it’s international brethren, only Jorge Arce’s ten round duel with Jesus Rojas (18-1-1, 13ko) is non-title. Arce, though, if successful, could land himself a prized shot at fast-rising Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire who has his own bout with Jeffrey Mathebula on July 7; a fight that will unify the WBO and IBF world titles.

Both Arce (60-6-2, 46ko) and Rojas were the only two fighters who failed to make weight as they came in 1.5lbs over the super bantamweight limit of 122lbs, however, the dust-up will go forth, leading one to presume this may have been contractually agreement.

In a bout that will have the vacant IBF welterweight world title belt on the line, Jones – a rangy 29-year-old from the historical boxing hotbed of Philadelphia – clashes with big-punching Bailey (42-7-0, 36ko). What could be more significant for Jones (26-0-0, 19ko), though, is that a strong performance could see him aligned with the winner of the Pacquiao and Bradley fight.

Technically-exquisite Rigondeaux was dead on at 122lbs for his super bantamweight bust-up

Teon Kennedy aims to take the title away from Rigo and weighed the same as the Cuban

Contender Kennedy (17-1-2, 9ko) takes on Rigondeaux (9-0-0, 7ko) for the latter’s WBA super bantamweight world championship. While, on paper, it seems Rigo is the inexperienced of the two, the champion has huge amateur experience (over 400 fights) and is regarded to be one of the most aesthetically-pleasing boxers of the lighter weight classes.

Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) and Bradley (28-0-0, 12ko) duke it out in the main event but Bradley believes Manny is not focussed, believes he’ll be the second fighter to defeat him on US terrain and even stared Pacquiao down at the weigh-in.

In total, there were 4,000 pro Pac fans to witness their man register his official weight

Pacquiao came in at a career-high weight of 147lbs. The champion averages a 144lb weight as a welter

Bradley successfully stared Pacquiao down as Manny lasted 10 seconds before smiling and collecting clothes from Buboy

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Nov 27, 2 years ago

Video: Arce outpoints Angkotta, picks up vacant bantamweight crown

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Mexican warrior Jorge Arce (59-6-2, 45ko) added the WBO bantamweight world championship to his honours list with a decision win over Angky Angkotta at the Plaza de Toros Rea in Sinaloa, Mexico on Saturday, November 26. It was the second time Arce had defeated the Indonesian 30-year-old dubbed Time Bomb as the two tussled in 2010, when Angkotta succumbed to a seventh round technical decision in Mexico City.

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Sep 25, 3 years ago

Arce teekayoes Nongqayi with a mask of blood in fourth round

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Action hero Jorge Arce retained his WBO super bantamweight world championship in scintillating fashion as he decked challenger Simphiwe Nongqayi in the first round and went on to stalk the South African from corner to corner until the fourth when the referee brought an inevitable end to a gripping contest on Saturday, September 24 at the Foro Promo Casa in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

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Delgado’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Arce 10 10 10 10 - - - - - -
- -
Nongqayi
8 9 9 8 - - - - - - - -

Arce had the chance to avenge one of the six losses on his resume as, in the first defence of his WBO super bantamweight world title, he took on Simphiwe Nongqayi – an inactive South African whom he had dropped a decision to in 2009.

A clear fan favourite and a fighter from the boxing hotbed of Sinaloa, Arce boxes in a fan-friendly and typically Mexican way of putting it all on the line. Such fist-swinging and heavy-handed machismo brought instant dividends as a head-bound flurry that was begun by a troubling left canvassed Nongqayi in the opening stanza. Sensing the stoppage, Arce harassed his opponent at the round’s end… Nongqayi survived the round but returned to his stool weakened and wobbly-legged.

The Eastern Cape prizefighter who championed the IBF belt at super flyweight, had recovered by the second round as his legs had stiffened, however, Arce’s power and insistence in bringing a constant fight to Nongqayi forced the visiting boxer into clinching.

Shots were traded on the inside in the third round. Nongqayi, with multi-coloured squares on his shorts and a flambuoyantly-died shaved hairstyle, looked to return the fire that Arce had started in the preceding two rounds and the two slugged it out until the chime of the closing bell.

Arce re-established his jab in the fourth and attached hook punches to his lead shot. Nongqayi opened up a cut on the side of Arce’s eye – perhaps due to leading with the head – and it began to bleed profusely. With claret strewn over his eager face, Arce finished the fight in style, landing the left upstairs again and decorating Nongqayi’s head and body with repeated combinations that inspired the referee to end the fight.

The stoppage was perhaps premature considering Nongqayi still had some left, but the final result would never have been in doubt. With the emphatic and thrilling triumph, Arce rose to 58-6-2, 45ko while Nongqayi dropped to 16-2-1, 6ko.

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May 14, 3 years ago

British Beatdown: Frank Warren slams recent pay-per-view fights, Shane Mosley ‘copped his money and ran’

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

British boxing promoter, Frank Warren, who celebrated his 30th year in the business side of the fight game last December, has lambasted recent pay-per-view fights including David Haye and Audley Harrison, Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey and also Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley’s bout last Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

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Picture: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“It is every boxer’s dream to fight for a world title but in recent months we’ve seen too many turn up for a payday and turn in some awful performances,” Warren scathingly noted in his column at The Sun.

“Audley Harrison hardly threw a punch [he landed one jab against Haye last year] and Paul McCloskey [lost every round to Khan] disappointed in big pay-per-view fights with a world title at stake.

“And, last Saturday, Shane Mosley clearly went through the motions against Manny Pacquiao. I thought Pacquiao would win in Las Vegas but I didn’t expect Mosley to be a no-show. It’s difficult for any fighter, even the Pacman when the other guy doesn’t come to fight but merely survive.”

Warren claimed the fight that saved the Las Vegas card last weekend was battling Mexican Jorge Arce’s (pictured) winning performance against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.

He said: “Thankfully there was a decent undercard featuring Jorge Arce against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr which turned out to be a good fight. So at least there was some value for money for US pay-per-view punters.

“Pacquiao-Mosley was a pay-per-view box office smash with estimates at a minimum of 1.2 million buyers. Mosley had a responsibility to those fans but at 39-years-old I suppose he was content to cop his money and run.

“Next up for Pacman? Juan Manuel Marquez is the name being mentioned for a third time against Manny – now he will come to fight. Although he didn’t look good against Floyd Mayweather Jr, Marquez has come back with wins of Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis.

“The Pacman will be out again in November but the truth is it’s a real shame it won’t be against Mayweather.”

Warren has his own huge night on Saturday, May 21 as he presents Nathan Cleverly’s world title challenge against WBO World Light Heavyweight titlist Juergen Braehmer. The co-headlining bout is the highly-publicised grudge fight between Commonwealth belt holder at super middleweight George Groves and British champion James DeGale.

Such is the press fascination over the two fights (Groves and DeGale’s rivalry is said to emulate the one enjoyed between British pair Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank) that there will be international attention paid to London’s 02 Arena. It will even be broadcast on a big screen in Times Square, New York City.

Warren beamed: “There are sure to be fireworks when Cleverly takes on Braehmer and DeGale meets Groves. Those fights will be about pride, heart and desire. And I had some really good news this week that the show will be screened live in the States by Epix; a fledgling channel that has only been going for a couple of years – it’s great for boxing that more TV companies are getting involved in the sport.”

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May 10, 3 years ago

Fight Photos: Pacmania at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Pt V – Manny Pacquiao may have been the main event but Jorge Arce stole the show

All Pictures: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Jorge Arce‘s come-forward and battle-happy triumph over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr stole – and saved – the Top Rank promoted card at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, May 7 due to Kelly Pavlik’s uninspiring comeback victory over Alfonso Lopez and Manny Pacquiao’s disappointing triumph over Shane Mosley. On The Beak‘s Stacey Verbeek was ringside and behind-the-scenes to snap the action.

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Tied-Up: Referee Joe Cortez separates battling duo

If Arce was a motor vehicle he’d have no reverse gear. All he wanted to do last weekend was force the fight and bully Vazquez Jr. As early as the second stanza Arce began playing up to the crowd.

Bodily Exchange: Both men try to empty each other's tank

While Arce out-threw and out-landed Vazquez Jr in the punch statistics, he was still caught in return and, because of his history of going toe-to-toe, his face succumbed to wear-and-tear early on.

In-Fighting: Ref Cortez takes a closer look

For multiple rounds, Vazquez Jr fought Arce’s fight – on the inside – rather than boxing and moving. For On The Beak‘s scorecard and round by round summary, click here.

War Happy: Arce celebrates becoming a full 3-weight champ

Arce rallied from getting knocked down in the third round to finish Vazquez Jr in the final round with a relentless flurry that forced Vazquez Jr’s corner to throw in the towel.

The White Towel: Vazquez Jr's corner stopped the fight

Vazquez Jr was saved from further punishment, however, the fight was close and could have been scored either way. The Puerto Rican, though, was ultimately refused the chance to go the distance.

First Cut Is The Deepest: Arce sports facial damage

Despite the win, Arce’s face had more damage than Vazquez Jr. There was a deep cut on the left side of his nose (see above) and there was also mild swelling above and below his right eye.

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May 9, 3 years ago

Fight Results (With Video): Pacquiao disappoints despite win, two fighters quit on their stool, Prizefighter provides excitement and more

J.G Barrington – New York

Manny Pacquiao may have headlined the Las Vegas event on Saturday, May 7 but it was Jorge Arce who stole the show with a typically Mexican come-forward, never-say-die and take-your-title in the process performance. Elsewhere, in London, Mike Perez won the eight-man Prizefighter competition and Daniel Geale defeated Sebastian Sylvester in Germany.

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International Prizefighter Heavyweight results: Mike Perez winner

Notes – For final scorecard and report click here. For semifinal scorecards and reports click here. For quarterfinal scorecard and report click here. (Video embedded above credit – Youtube, Skunk2011x)

Heavyweight: Evander Holyfield – 10th Rd TKO – Brian Nielsen

Notes – The Real Deal Holyfield struck late against Nielsen in Denmark having already felled his rotund opponent in the third round. For full video of two of the heavyweight division’s eldest statesmen click here.

Super Middleweight: Aaron Pryor Jr – MD – Librado Andrade [96-94, 96-94, 95-95]

Notes – In a bout that should be swiftly forgotten, Pryor Jr won a majority decision verdict against Andrade despite being out-punched. There was too much clinching, too much spoiling and not enough boxing. The crowd booed.

Super Middleweight: Kelly Pavlik – MD – Alfonso Lopez [99-91, 98-92, 95-95]

Notes – How the third judge viewed it 95-95 is beyond me as Pavlik surely did enough for the victory, however, the American’s comeback, at the new weight of 168lbs was far from impressive. Pavlik occasionally landed heavy leather on Lopez but failed to find proper rhythm. For scorecard and fight report click here.

IBF World Middleweight title: Daniel Geale – SD – Sebastian Sylvester [118-110, 118-112, 110-118]

Notes – Geale showed superior boxing ability to out-punch long-reigning champion Sylvester in the champion’s own backyard. To take a world titlist’s belt you have to want it – and the Australian certainly showed that. It should have been a unanimous decision for Geale, but questionable judging split the verdict. For full video and scorecard click here.

WBO World Welterweight: Manny Pacquiao – UD – Shane Mosley [120-107, 120-108, 119-108]

Notes – Pacquiao did his best but ultimately failed to look as exciting as he has done in the past years as Mosley provided an awkward target. Mosley was down in the third and Manny was pushed over in the tenth although it was incorrectly deemed a knockdown by referee Kenny Bayless. Pacquiao lamented after the fight that Mosley was ‘running’. On The Beak‘s Denzil Stone claimed the main event was a disappointing affair in his report and scorecard, both here.

Super Lightweight: Mike Alvarado – 3rd Rd RTD – Ray Nahr

Notes – Nahr never looked like he fancied it against tough Alvarado and, sure enough, the African boxer who fights out of New York refused to answer the call for the fourth round and sat dejected on his stool. For scorecard and fight report click here.

WBO World Super Bantamweight title: Jorge Arce – 12th Rd TKO – Wilfredo Vazquez Jr

Notes – Arce produced the performance of the night against previous champion Vazquez Jr. Interim titles aside, Arce became the sixth Mexican to win full world titles in three different weight classes. The battling 31-year-old showed great strength and stamina and his pressure eventually took it’s toll on Vazquez Jr whose corner threw everything they could into the ring in order to gain the referee’s attention to stop the fight. For scorecard and fight report click here.

WBA World Bantamweight title: Koki Kameda – 11th Rd RTD – Daniel Diaz

Notes – Kameda ultimately had too much for challenger Diaz who quit on his tool after the 11th round. Kameda was dominant in the opening stanzas with Diaz turning the tables in the middle stages, however, Kameda dropped Diaz in the eighth, effectively halting any momentum accrued by the Nicaraguan. It was Kameda’s first defence of his alphabet title.

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May 8, 3 years ago

Scorecard And Summary: Super bantamweight title changes hands as Jorge Arce scores stunning late stoppage over younger Wilfredo Vazquez Jr

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Jorge Arce became the sixth Mexican to win world titles in three weight divisions as he struck a late technical knockout over a brave Wilfredo Vazquez Jr at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas on Saturday, May 7. Arce was dropped in the fourth but rallied well to break Vazquez Jr’s spirit and stun him with repeated lefts in the championship rounds to pick up the WBO World Super Bantamweight belt.

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Delgado’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Vazquez Jr 9 9 9 10 10 9 10 9 10 10 9 8
Arce 10 10 10 8 9
10 9 10 10 9 10 10

Round By Round Summary

Round One: Vazquez Jr was the more sprightly on his feet, often dancing around Arce who enjoyed commanding the centre of the ring. Arce forced the fight in the final minute. He landed a heavy shot then used his swift hands to inflict more damage, however, during his combinations he was often caught with shots in return.

Round Two: Vazquez Jr began the second round in sterling fashion, perhaps as a show that he refused to be bullied like he had been in the first. Arce though always had something in return. Arce’s variety of shots looked great and in the final minute he began showboating… sticking his chin out and urging Vazquez Jr onto him. Vazquez Jr took two heavy shots flush on the chin.

Round Three: With Arce’s experience comes wear and tear and as soon as he was on his stool between the second and third round, the enswell was applied to multiple areas of his face in order to minimise swelling. Arce landed a solid left on Vazquez Jr. The heavier shots came from Arce, but due to his focus on attack and not defence, it was his own face whose was marking up due to Vazquez Jr’s countering and also flurrying.

Round Four: Vazquez Jr looked to fight for control over the centre of the ring in order to have space to move away from Arce’s onslaught. With every passing round though, Arce’s face continued to swell up. Vazquez Jr scored a stunning knockdown within seconds of the finish. Arce unleashed hooping shots and Vazquez Jr managed to land a countering left flush on Arce’s chin, forcing him to take the eight count from referee Joe Cortez.

Round Five: For the second time in the fight Vazquez Jr took a knee, but Cortez, like he had in the previous round, struck it off as a slip. Despite the knockdown in the fourth, Arce continued with the same tactic he’s enforced throughout his pro career – pressure, pressure and more pressure. Arce’s shots were plentiful, and his success ratio was strong, but he would oft walk into Vazquez Jr’s punches.

Round Six: Vazquez Jr dragged himself into Arce’s war-happy boxing style. Whenever Vazquez Jr would step into the inside, he wouldn’t let his shots go fast enough before Arce would spring into attack. Arce’s activity and ability to land in the sixth won him the ten score.

Round Seven: Both boxers engaged in an inside tussle, exchanging big shots… to the face, to the body, both men relentless in a brawling and closely-contested seventh. The dust-up sucked a lot of energy out of them and there were moments in the final minute where they appeared to be taking a short-lived breather. Tough round to score.

Round Eight: Arce may be 31-years-old but as a 64-fight professional – together with his fighting style – he’s an old 31 in boxing years. Despite that, the tempo that the bout with Vazquez Jr was all his own. Arce raised his fists aloft at the end of the eighth after enjoying a strong round.

Round Nine: Vazquez Jr was on the floor for the third time in the fight yet, again, it was not because of a knockdown, but an Arce push. When Vazquez Jr was back on his feet he didn’t complain. Arce didn’t lose the round, but didn’t do enough to win it… it seemed he was taking a breather to conserve energy for the championship rounds.

Round Ten: Arce’s eagerness to come forward worked against him in the first minute as he was walking into shots. Arce’s face continued to take damage and he was bleeding from his eye as well as his nose. Vazquez Jr slipped midway through the round. There was a good to and fro exchange in the closing stages.

Round Eleven: Vazquez Jr was momentarily stunned by a hard left shot and Arce’s activity inspired a strong reaction from the crowd who sensed a knockdown. Vazquez Jr, though, stayed on his legs. With 20 seconds left on the clock, Vazquez Jr was backed onto the ropes and Arce pummelled the Puerto Rican.

Round Twelve: Both boxers showed great sportsmanship by embracing each other prior to knocking the spit out of each other. Arce staggered Vazquez Jr again in the twelfth and kept throwing his fists, peppering Vazquez Jr with left hooks, rights… launching his hands with an unwavering might. Vazquez Jr stubbornly stayed on his feet, Cortez took a closer look at the action but Vazquez Jr’s corner threw in the towel, a water bottle, anything to get the referee’s attention to bring the fight to a thrilling end.

With the win, Arce moved up to 57-6-2 with 44 kayo wins while Vazquez Jr, who had not tasted defeat before, dropped to 20-1-0 with 17 knockout victories.

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