Jorge Arce

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Arce and the second or maternal family name is Armenta.
Jorge Arce
Statistics
Real name Jorge Armando Arce Armenta
Nickname(s) El Travieso (The Mischievous one, The Menace)
Rated at Light Flyweight
Flyweight
Super Flyweight
Bantamweight
Super Bantamweight
Featherweight
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1979-07-27) July 27, 1979 (age 35)
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 72
Wins 62
Wins by KO 47
Losses 7
Draws 2
No contests 1

Jorge Armando Arce Armenta (pronounced "ar-seh"; born July 27, 1979 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico) is a Mexican professional boxer, and the second Mexican boxer to win a world title in four weight divisions (after Erik Morales, who achieved the feat two months before Arce). Arce is the former WBO Super Bantamweight, WBO Bantamweight, WBO Super Flyweight, Interim WBA Super Flyweight, Interim WBC Flyweight, WBC Light Flyweight and WBO Light Flyweight Champion.[1]

Arce remains a favorite fighter among boxing fans and is also the older brother of title contender Francisco Arce Armenta.[2] Arce's trademark ring entrance features him wearing a black cowboy hat (thus earning him the nickname "The Mexican Cowboy") and sucking a cherry lollipop.

Professional career[edit]

Early years at Light Flyweight[edit]

Arce turned pro at the age of 16, winning his first four fights. He lost to future champion Omar Romero and drew with Gabriel Munoz in back-to-back fights in the summer of 1996, but then won 10 straight bouts and a pair of regional belts before losing on points to veteran (and future IBF Light Flyweight Champion) Jose Victor Burgos on December 12, 1997.

He recovered from that setback with four straight wins, earning his first world title shot on December 4, 1998 against Juan Domingo Córdoba for the WBO Light Flyweight title. Arce won the fight and became a world champion at the age of 19.

After making one successful defense of his title, Arce drew a big-money fight in Tijuana against three-time former champion Michael Carbajal on July 31, 1999. Arce was ahead on all three judges' scorecards after 10 rounds, but in the 11th, the veteran Carbajal connected with a stunning right hand and captured the crown via a technical knockout, as Arce was unable to continue.

After a four-month layoff, Arce returned to the ring and won a WBO regional belt as he scored 7 consecutive wins while working his way back up the rankings for another title shot. That came on October 20, 2001, when he defeated Juanito Rubillar for the Interim WBC version of the Light Flyweight title. Nine months later, he beat Yo-Sam Choi, the reigning champion who had been out with an injury, to take full distinction. He held the title until the summer of 2005 before relinquishing it to move up in weight. In his first defense, he defeated Augustin Lara. In 2003, he successfully defended his title three times against Ernesto Castro, Lee Marvin Sandoval, and Melchor Cob Castro.

Towards the end of 2003, he participated in the Televisa version of Big Brother, the Big Brother V.I.P. show that put celebrities together. He arrived in third place, then went training for his next defense, against former world champion Joma Gamboa on January 10 of the following year. Arce invited his Big Brother celebrity friends to the fight with Gamboa, his first fight of 2004, which he won by a second round knockout. But during and after the fight, chaos ensued. One of his friends, actress Arleth Gonzalez, was kicked off her chair by another person. And Verónica Castro was pursued by the press when she was trying to leave the fight site, taking her more than two hours to get to the site's parking lot.

On April 24, 2004, Arce successfully defended his title in a rematch against former champ Melchor Cob Castro in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Arce had beaten Castro in May 2003, but the fight was called off after six rounds due to a clash of heads which injured Arce. The fight went to the scorecards and Arce won a narrow, but controversial, decision. He left no doubt in the rematch, knocking Castro out in the fifth round.

On September 4 of that same year, he retained the title with a twelve-round decision in a rematch with Rubillar. The fight caused some controversy afterwards, when Rubillar's manager accused the fight's judges of robbing his fighter, going on to offer Arce 100,000 US$ for a rematch, which would be held in the Philippines.

Arce moved on to defend his title for a seventh time on December 18, defeating Juan Centeno by a third-round TKO. He then decided to try his luck in the flyweight (112-pound) weight division.

Flyweight[edit]

On March 19, 2005, Arce stopped Hussein Hussein in the 10th round of a fight for the right to challenge Pongsaklek Wonjongkam for his WBC Flyweight title. He later relinquished his light flyweight crown and was matched by the WBC with Angel Priolo on July 30 for their interim title after Wonjongkam suffered an injury. Arce scored a third-round TKO win in the fight, held in La Paz, Mexico.

While waiting to fight Wongjongkam, Arce stayed busy by rematching Hussein on October 8 in Las Vegas. He retained his Interim WBC title with a second-round knockout.

On December 16, 2005, Arce defeated former two time champion Adonis Rivas by 10th round tko. In his next bout, Arce defeated Rivas in a rematch.

On April 8, 2006, Arce took on the well regarded, former WBA Minimumweight and Light Flyweight Champion Rosendo Alvarez of Nicaragua, knocking Alvarez out in the sixth round. It was the 4th successful defense of his Interim Flyweight title.

Super Flyweight[edit]

On September 23, 2006, he moved up to the super flyweight division where he defeated former Light Flyweight Champion Masibulele "Hawk" Makepula by fourth round knockout (which, according to the HBO commentators, he had predicted earlier). On January 27, 2007, he defeated Argentinian Julio Ler in a 12-round decision, thus earning the WBC #1 super-flyweight ranking.

On April 14, 2007, he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to WBC Super Flyweight Champion Cristian Mijares in San Antonio, Texas. Mijares won the fight by a wide margin, with the official judges scoring the match 119–109, 118–110, 117–111, all in favor of Mijares.

Arce rebounded from the loss by defeating future champion Tomás Rojas by 6th round technical knockout. On December 1, 2007, Arce defeated former Flyweight Champion Medgoen Singsurat by technical knockout in the first round.

On May 17, 2008, in a very close fight, Arce (49–4–1, 37 KOs) edged Devid Lookmahanak of Thailand (18–2, 9 KOs) with a majority decision in the main event at the Plaza Monumental Aguascalientes in Aguascalientes, Mexico. With a sold-out crowd of 18,000 fans cheering him on, Arce had to dig deep and work hard to pull past the once-beaten Lookmahanak, who turned out to be a very game southpaw and rarely took a step back. The difference in the fight, which also gave Arce the win, was a knockdown in the seventh round. The scores were 115–113, 115–114 and 114–114. Without the extra point for the knockdown, the fight would have been scored a draw. The bout was an eliminator for a shot at the WBC Super Flyweight title. Arce moves on to a rematch with Cristian Mijares, who earlier captured the WBA's version of the title with a points win over Alexander Munoz.

On September 15, 2008, Arce won the Interim WBA Super Flyweight title from holder Rafael Concepción.

Arce blasted former champion Isidro García, on November 1, 2008, via (48 seconds of the) 4th round technical knockout for a super flyweight belt. He improved to 51–4–1, with 38 wins inside the distance, while Garcia, who has lost 3 of his last 4 fights, was down to 25–6–2.[3]

On February 7, 2009, Arce was defeated by Undisputed Super Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan.

Arce fought Simphiwe Nongqayi on September 15, 2009 for the IBF Super Flyweight title which was recently vacated by Darchinyan. However, he ended losing by unanimous decision.

Arce defeated Indonesian Angky Angkota on January 30, 2010, winning the vacant WBO Super Flyweight title.[4] Prior to the bout, Arce stated that he would retire from boxing if he woild have lost.

Bantamweight[edit]

On April 24, 2010, Arce jumped to the bantamweight division to fight fellow Mexican Cecilio Santos (24–13–3; 14 KO) at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Arce defeated his opponent by KO in the 7th round, improving his record to 54–6–1. This was not his first fight as a bantamweight: he already fought once in the weight class in 2007.

Arce was scheduled to fight Eric Morel (42–2; 21 KO) of Puerto Rico on June 26, 2010 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, United States with the Interim WBO Bantamweight title at stake. The Los Mochis native withdrew from the fight a few weeks in advance due to a cut he received while in training.

In his next fight, on July 31, 2010, Arce took on fellow Mexican and former champion Martín "El Gallo" Castillo at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The Los Mochis native won the bout by KO in the first round.

Super Bantamweight[edit]

On May 7, 2011[5] He beat a then undefeated WBO Super Bantamweight Champion, Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Puerto Rico by twelfth round technical knockout.[6]

Arce vs. Donaire[edit]

On December 15, 2012, Arce fought Nonito Donaire. Arce suffered a defeat on the third round via knockout. After losing to Donaire, Arce announced his retirement.

Professional boxing record[edit]

62 Wins (47 knockouts, 15 decisions), 7 Losses (4 knockouts, 3 decisions), 2 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 62-7-2-(1) Colombia Jose Carmona KO 8 (10) 2013-11-16 Mexico El Domo, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Loss 61-7-2-(1) Philippines Nonito Donaire TKO 3 (12), 2:59 2012-12-15 Texas Toyota Center, Houston, Texas For WBO & The Ring Super Bantamweight titles.
Win 61-6-2-(1) Panama Mauricio Martinez UD 10 2012-09-22 Mexico Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
NC 60-6-2-(1) Puerto Rico Jesus Rojas NC 2 (10) 0:09 2012-06-09 Nevada MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Arce unable to continue after accidental foul.
Win 60-6-2 Venezuela Lorenzo Parra KO 5 (10) 1:50 2012-02-18 Mexico Palenque de la Feria, Durango, Durango, Mexico
Win 59-6-2 Indonesia Angky Angkota UD 12 (12) 2011-11-26 Mexico Plaza de Toros Rea, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico Won vacant WBO Bantamweight title.
Win 58-6-2 South Africa Simphiwe Nongqayi TKO 4 (12), 2:01 2011-09-24 Mexico Foro Promo Casa, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 57-6-2 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. TKO 12 (12), 0:55 2011-05-07 Nevada MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 56-6-2 Colombia Adolfo Ramos TKO 1 (10), 2:06 2010-12-18 Mexico Estadio 20 de Noviembre, Campeche, Campeche, Mexico
Draw 55-6-2 Venezuela Lorenzo Parra SD 10 (10) 2010-09-18 Mexico Estadio Banorte, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 55-6-1 Mexico Martín Castillo KO 1 (10), 2:56 2010-07-31 Mexico El Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
Win 54-6-1 Mexico Cecilio Santos KO 7 (10), 0:58 2010-04-24 Mexico Centro de Usos Multiples, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
Win 53-6-1 Indonesia Angky Angkota TD 7 (12), 1:34 2010-01-30 Mexico Restaurante Arroyo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Won vacant WBO Super Flyweight title.
Loss 52-6-1 South Africa Simphiwe Nongqayi UD 12 (12) 2009-09-15 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico For vacant IBF Super Flyweight title.
Win 52-5-1 Philippines Fernando Lumacad KO 3 (12), 0:35 2009-06-27 New Jersey Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won vacant IBF International Super Flyweight title.
Loss 51-5-1 Armenia Vic Darchinyan RTD 11 (12), 3:00 2009-02-07 California Honda Center, Anaheim, California, United States For WBC, WBA (Super) & IBF Super Flyweight titles.
Win 51-4-1 Mexico Isidro García TKO 4 (12), 0:48 2008-11-01 Nevada Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained Interim WBA Super Flyweight title.
Win 50-4-1 Panama Rafael Concepcion RTD 9 (12), 3:00 2008-09-15 Mexico Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Won Interim WBA Super Flyweight title.
Win 49-4-1 Thailand Devid Lookmahanak MD 12 (12) 2008-05-07 Mexico Plaza Monumental, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico WBC Super Flyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 48-4-1 Thailand Medgoen Singsurat TKO 1 (12), 0:47 2007-12-01 New Mexico Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Retained WBC Latino Bantamweight title.
Win 47-4-1 Mexico Tomás Rojas TKO 6 (12) 2007-09-16 Nevada Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBC Latino Bantamweight title.
Loss 46-4-1 Mexico Cristian Mijares UD 12 (12) 2007-04-14 Texas Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, United States For WBC Super Flyweight title.
Win 46-3-1 Argentina Julio David Roque Ler UD 12 (12) 2007-01-27 California Honda Center, Anaheim, California, United States WBC Super Flyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 45-3-1 South Africa Masibulele Makepula TKO 4 (12), 1:00 2006-09-23 Texas Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, United States WBC Super Flyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 44-3-1 Nicaragua Rosendo Álvarez TKO 6 (12), 1:54 2006-04-08 Nevada Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained Interim WBC Flyweight title.
Win 43-3-1 Nicaragua Adonis Rivas RTD 6 (12), 3:00 2006-01-28 Quintana Roo Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico Retained Interim WBC Flyweight title.
Win 42-3-1 Nicaragua Adonis Rivas TKO 10 (12), 1:20 2005-12-16 Nuevo León Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Retained Interim WBC Flyweight title.
Win 41-3-1 Australia Hussein Hussein TKO 2 (12), 2:50 2005-10-08 Nevada Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained Interim WBC Flyweight title.
Win 40-3-1 Colombia Angel Antonio Priolo TKO 3 (12), 2:45 2005-07-30 Baja California Sur Estadio Arturo C. Nahl, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico Won vacant Interim WBC Flyweight title.
Win 39-3-1 Australia Hussein Hussein TKO 10 (12), 2:07 2005-03-19 Nevada MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC Flyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 38-3-1 Nicaragua Juan Francisco Centeno TKO 3 (12), 2:48 2004-12-18 Sinaloa Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 37-3-1 Philippines Juanito Rubillar UD 12 (12) 2004-09-04 Baja California Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 36-3-1 Mexico Melchor Cob Castro KO 5 (12), 1:57 2004-04-24 Chiapas Palenque de Gallos, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 35-3-1 Philippines Joma Gamboa KO 2 (12), 1:38 2004-01-10 Mexico Centro Banamex, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 34-3-1 Mexico Melchor Cob Castro TD 6 (12) 2003-05-03 Nevada Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 33-3-1 Nicaragua Lee Marvin Sandoval TKO 2 (10) 2003-03-21 Arizona Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 32-3-1 Nicaragua Ernesto Castro KO 1 (12), 1:40 2003-02-22 Mexico Plaza Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained WBC WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 31-3-1 Mexico Agustin Luna TKO 3 (12), 2:13 2002-11-16 Nevada Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 30-3-1 South Korea Yo-Sam Choi TKO 6 (12) 2002-07-06 South Korea Olympic Fencing Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea Won WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 29-3-1 Panama Ramon Jose Hurtado KO 2 (10), 1:00 2002-06-07 Nevada Eldorado Hotel, Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 28-3-1 Philippines Juanito Rubillar UD 12 (12) 2001-10-20 Baja California Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Won Interim WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 27-3-1 Mexico Juan Jose Beltran TKO 3 (10), 0:57 2001-02-02 Baja California Jai Alai Fronton, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 26-3-1 Philippines Carmelo Caceres KO 2 2000-12-08 Sinaloa Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico Retained WBC Youth Light Flyweight title.
Win 25-3-1 Philippines Jovan Presbitero TKO 2 (10) 2000-10-21 Mexico Salon 21, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained WBC Youth Light Flyweight title.
Win 24-3-1 Mexico Alfredo Virgen TKO 5 (10), 0:36 2000-10-01 Arizona Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 23-3-1 Mexico Emilio Palacios KO 1 (10) 2000-07-07 Tabasco Palenque de Gallos, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
Win 22-3-1 Mexico Juan Javier Lagos UD 10 (10) 2000-04-07 Baja California Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Won WBC Youth Light Flyweight title.
Win 21-3-1 Mexico Ladislao Vazquez MD 12 (12) 1999-11-29 Baja California Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Retained WBO NABO Light Flyweight title.
Loss 20-3-1 Mexico Michael Carbajal TKO 11 (12), 1:53 1999-07-31 Baja California Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Lost WBO Light Flyweight title.
Win 20-2-1 Italy Salvatore Fanni TKO 6 (12), 1:17 1999-04-17 Sardinia Palazzetto dello Sport, Sassari, Sardegna, Italy Retained WBO Light Flyweight title.
Win 19-2-1 Argentina Juan Domingo Cordoba UD 12 (12) 1998-12-05 Baja California Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Won WBO Light Flyweight title.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major World Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Outside-ring activities[edit]

Arce has gained some popularity outside the ring as well, acting in various Televisa comedy sketches (see above), and participating in Adal Ramones's show's dancing contest, "Bailando por un Sueño", where he and a fellow contestant arrived in eighth place out of nine couples. He has also done boxing commentary for TV Azteca.

According to HBO, Arce's girlfriend is teaching him to speak English in order to improve his marketability in the United States (where the extremely light divisions are not generally followed by the public).

Affliction Clothing sponsors Arce.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jorge Arce – Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
  2. ^ Francisco Arce – Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
  3. ^ afp.google.com, Donaire stops Mthalane to keep IBF flyweight title. Afp.google.com (2008-11-01). Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Jorge “Travieso� Arce no le teme ni al “demonio�. Primerahora.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
  6. ^ El Travieso Arce le quitó el título a Vázquez Jr. – ESPN Deportes. Espndeportes.espn.go.com (2008-01-01). Retrieved on 2012-06-10.

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Juan Domingo Córdoba
WBO Light Flyweight Champion
December 5, 1998 – July 31, 1999
Succeeded by
Michael Carbajal
New title WBC Light Flyweight Interim Champion
October 20, 2001 – July 6, 2002
Unified
Vacant
Title next held by
Wandee Singwancha
Preceded by
Yo-Sam Choi
WBC Light Flyweight Champion
July 6, 2002 – December 18, 2004
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Eric Ortiz
New title WBC Flyweight Champion
Interim Title

June 30, 2005 – September 23, 2006
Vacant
Title next held by
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
Preceded by
Rafael Concepción
WBA Super Flyweight Interim Champion
September 15, 2008 – February 7, 2009
Lost bid for super title
Vacant
Title next held by
Nonito Donaire
Preceded by
Marvin Sonsona
Vacated
WBO Super Flyweight Champion
January 30, 2010 – April 24, 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Omar Andrés Narváez
Preceded by
Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr.
WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
May 8, 2011 – Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Nonito Donaire
Preceded by
Nonito Donaire
Vacated
WBO Bantamweight Champion
November 26, 2011 – August, 2012
Vacant
Title next held by
Pungluang Sor Singyu