|Real name||Jorge Armando Arce Armenta|
|Nickname(s)||El Travieso (The Mischievous one, The Menace)|
|Rated at||Light Flyweight
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
July 27, 1979 |
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
|Wins by KO||47|
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.
Arce remains a favorite fighter among boxing fans and is also the older brother of title contender Francisco Arce Armenta. 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.
Early years at Light Flyweight
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.
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.
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.
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. Prior to the bout, Arce stated that he would retire from boxing if he woild have lost.
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.
Arce vs. Donaire
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
|62 Wins (47 knockouts, 15 decisions), 7 Losses (4 knockouts, 3 decisions), 2 Draws|
|Win||62-7-2-(1)||Jose Carmona||KO||8 (10)||2013-11-16||El Domo, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico|
|Loss||61-7-2-(1)||Nonito Donaire||TKO||3 (12), 2:59||2012-12-15||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas||For WBO & The Ring Super Bantamweight titles.|
|Win||61-6-2-(1)||Mauricio Martinez||UD||10||2012-09-22||Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico|
|NC||60-6-2-(1)||Jesus Rojas||NC||2 (10) 0:09||2012-06-09||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Arce unable to continue after accidental foul.|
|Win||60-6-2||Lorenzo Parra||KO||5 (10) 1:50||2012-02-18||Palenque de la Feria, Durango, Durango, Mexico|
|Win||59-6-2||Angky Angkota||UD||12 (12)||2011-11-26||Plaza de Toros Rea, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico||Won vacant WBO Bantamweight title.|
|Win||58-6-2||Simphiwe Nongqayi||TKO||4 (12), 2:01||2011-09-24||Foro Promo Casa, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico||Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||57-6-2||Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr.||TKO||12 (12), 0:55||2011-05-07||MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won WBO Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||56-6-2||Adolfo Ramos||TKO||1 (10), 2:06||2010-12-18||Estadio 20 de Noviembre, Campeche, Campeche, Mexico|
|Draw||55-6-2||Lorenzo Parra||SD||10 (10)||2010-09-18||Estadio Banorte, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico|
|Win||55-6-1||Martín Castillo||KO||1 (10), 2:56||2010-07-31||El Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico|
|Win||54-6-1||Cecilio Santos||KO||7 (10), 0:58||2010-04-24||Centro de Usos Multiples, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico|
|Win||53-6-1||Angky Angkota||TD||7 (12), 1:34||2010-01-30||Restaurante Arroyo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Won vacant WBO Super Flyweight title.|
|Loss||52-6-1||Simphiwe Nongqayi||UD||12 (12)||2009-09-15||Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico||For vacant IBF Super Flyweight title.|
|Win||52-5-1||Fernando Lumacad||KO||3 (12), 0:35||2009-06-27||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won vacant IBF International Super Flyweight title.|
|Loss||51-5-1||Vic Darchinyan||RTD||11 (12), 3:00||2009-02-07||Honda Center, Anaheim, California, United States||For WBC, WBA (Super) & IBF Super Flyweight titles.|
|Win||51-4-1||Isidro García||TKO||4 (12), 0:48||2008-11-01||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained Interim WBA Super Flyweight title.|
|Win||50-4-1||Rafael Concepcion||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||2008-09-15||Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Won Interim WBA Super Flyweight title.|
|Win||49-4-1||Devid Lookmahanak||MD||12 (12)||2008-05-07||Plaza Monumental, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico||WBC Super Flyweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||48-4-1||Medgoen Singsurat||TKO||1 (12), 0:47||2007-12-01||Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States||Retained WBC Latino Bantamweight title.|
|Win||47-4-1||Tomás Rojas||TKO||6 (12)||2007-09-16||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won WBC Latino Bantamweight title.|
|Loss||46-4-1||Cristian Mijares||UD||12 (12)||2007-04-14||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, United States||For WBC Super Flyweight title.|
|Win||46-3-1||Julio David Roque Ler||UD||12 (12)||2007-01-27||Honda Center, Anaheim, California, United States||WBC Super Flyweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||45-3-1||Masibulele Makepula||TKO||4 (12), 1:00||2006-09-23||Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, United States||WBC Super Flyweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||44-3-1||Rosendo Álvarez||TKO||6 (12), 1:54||2006-04-08||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained Interim WBC Flyweight title.|
|Win||43-3-1||Adonis Rivas||RTD||6 (12), 3:00||2006-01-28||Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico||Retained Interim WBC Flyweight title.|
|Win||42-3-1||Adonis Rivas||TKO||10 (12), 1:20||2005-12-16||Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico||Retained Interim WBC Flyweight title.|
|Win||41-3-1||Hussein Hussein||TKO||2 (12), 2:50||2005-10-08||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained Interim WBC Flyweight title.|
|Win||40-3-1||Angel Antonio Priolo||TKO||3 (12), 2:45||2005-07-30||Estadio Arturo C. Nahl, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico||Won vacant Interim WBC Flyweight title.|
|Win||39-3-1||Hussein Hussein||TKO||10 (12), 2:07||2005-03-19||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBC Flyweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||38-3-1||Juan Francisco Centeno||TKO||3 (12), 2:48||2004-12-18||Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico||Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||37-3-1||Juanito Rubillar||UD||12 (12)||2004-09-04||Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||36-3-1||Melchor Cob Castro||KO||5 (12), 1:57||2004-04-24||Palenque de Gallos, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico||Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||35-3-1||Joma Gamboa||KO||2 (12), 1:38||2004-01-10||Centro Banamex, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||34-3-1||Melchor Cob Castro||TD||6 (12)||2003-05-03||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||33-3-1||Lee Marvin Sandoval||TKO||2 (10)||2003-03-21||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||32-3-1||Ernesto Castro||KO||1 (12), 1:40||2003-02-22||Plaza Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained WBC WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||31-3-1||Agustin Luna||TKO||3 (12), 2:13||2002-11-16||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||30-3-1||Yo-Sam Choi||TKO||6 (12)||2002-07-06||Olympic Fencing Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea||Won WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||29-3-1||Ramon Jose Hurtado||KO||2 (10), 1:00||2002-06-07||Eldorado Hotel, Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||28-3-1||Juanito Rubillar||UD||12 (12)||2001-10-20||Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Won Interim WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||27-3-1||Juan Jose Beltran||TKO||3 (10), 0:57||2001-02-02||Jai Alai Fronton, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||26-3-1||Carmelo Caceres||KO||2||2000-12-08||Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico||Retained WBC Youth Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||25-3-1||Jovan Presbitero||TKO||2 (10)||2000-10-21||Salon 21, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained WBC Youth Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||24-3-1||Alfredo Virgen||TKO||5 (10), 0:36||2000-10-01||Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||23-3-1||Emilio Palacios||KO||1 (10)||2000-07-07||Palenque de Gallos, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico|
|Win||22-3-1||Juan Javier Lagos||UD||10 (10)||2000-04-07||Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Won WBC Youth Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||21-3-1||Ladislao Vazquez||MD||12 (12)||1999-11-29||Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Retained WBO NABO Light Flyweight title.|
|Loss||20-3-1||Michael Carbajal||TKO||11 (12), 1:53||1999-07-31||Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Lost WBO Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||20-2-1||Salvatore Fanni||TKO||6 (12), 1:17||1999-04-17||Palazzetto dello Sport, Sassari, Sardegna, Italy||Retained WBO Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||19-2-1||Juan Domingo Cordoba||UD||12 (12)||1998-12-05||Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||Won WBO Light Flyweight title.|
Titles in boxing
Major World Titles:
- WBO Light Flyweight Champion (108 lbs)
- Interim WBC Light Flyweight Champion (108 lbs)
- WBC Light Flyweight Champion (108 lbs)
- Interim WBC Flyweight Champion (112 lbs)
- Interim WBA Super Flyweight Champion (115 lbs)
- WBO Super Flyweight Champion (115 lbs)
- WBO Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
- WBO Bantamweight Champion (118 lbs)
- Mexican Pacific Coast Light Flyweight Champion (108 lbs)
- WBA Fedecentro Light Flyweight Champion (108 lbs)
- WBO NABO Light Flyweight Champion (108 lbs)
- WBC Youth Light Flyweight Champion (108 lbs)
- WBC Latino Bantamweight Champion (118 lbs)
- IBF International Super Flyweight (115 lbs)
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.
- List of Mexican boxing world champions
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- List of super bantamweight boxing champions
- List of boxing triple champions
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- Jorge Arce – Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
- Francisco Arce – Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
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- Jorge â€œTraviesoâ€? Arce no le teme ni al â€œdemonioâ€?. Primerahora.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
- El Travieso Arce le quitó el título a Vázquez Jr. – ESPN Deportes. Espndeportes.espn.go.com (2008-01-01). Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
- Official website
- Jorge Arce at the Internet Movie Database
- Professional boxing record for Jorge Arce from BoxRec
Juan Domingo Córdoba
|WBO Light Flyweight Champion
December 5, 1998 – July 31, 1999
|New title||WBC Light Flyweight Interim Champion
October 20, 2001 – July 6, 2002
Title next held byWandee Singwancha
|WBC Light Flyweight Champion
July 6, 2002 – December 18, 2004
Title next held byEric Ortiz
|New title||WBC Flyweight Champion
June 30, 2005 – September 23, 2006
Title next held byPongsaklek Wonjongkam
|WBA Super Flyweight Interim Champion
September 15, 2008 – February 7, 2009
Lost bid for super title
Title next held byNonito Donaire
|WBO Super Flyweight Champion
January 30, 2010 – April 24, 2010
Title next held byOmar Andrés Narváez
Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr.
|WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
May 8, 2011 – Vacated
Title next held byNonito Donaire
|WBO Bantamweight Champion
November 26, 2011 – August, 2012
Title next held byPungluang Sor Singyu