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[Video] Was There Ever Any Doubt? Donaire’s Left Hook Retires Arce in 3 Rounds

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- WBO superbantamweight titlist Nonito Donaire did what was expected of him in delivering a quick and vicious knockout of an undersized and outgunned Jorge Arce last night at the Toyota Center.

Nonito Donaire, Jorge Arce

HOUSTON, TEXAS — WBO super-bantamweight titlist Nonito Donaire did what was expected of him in delivering a quick and vicious knockout of an undersized and outgunned Jorge Arce last night at the Toyota Center.

Arce attempted to box off the backfoot in the opening round, but that just left him open for right hands due to Donaire’s reach and height advantage. Arce began coming forward in the second and started to get timed by sweeping left hooks. However, it would be the right hand that scored the first knockdown. Arce rose and started going for broke, taking more power shots and tapping his gloves to taunt Donaire into delivering more punishment.

The proud Mexican was granted his wish in spades.

Arce walked into a sharp jab and straight right that landed behind the ear and badly wobbled him. Donaire followed up with two merciless lefts, an uppercut and hook, while Arce was trying gather himself with one glove on the canvas. The third and decisive knockdown came quickly with a left hook separating Arce’s fighting spirit from his frame and sprawling him on the canvas.

Arce commended Donaire on the vicory and confirmed his retirement.

“I promised my family if I lost I would quit,” said Arce. “I’m a gentleman and have a family to take care of.”

Donaire, who still has formidable challenges in his weight class, made his strongest statement to date in verifying who his next opponents will be.

“Bring ’em all on!” stated Donaire. “I want to get [Abner] Mares because he called me out. If not we’ve got [Guillermo] Rigondeaux.”

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We’re going to hold you, and you’re promoter Bob Arum, to these words Nonito. Nobody took this Arce fight seriously, but having fought four times this year, it was no reason to crucify you over it as your competition overall has been solid. However, to consider yourself a top Pound4Pound fight, and a credible champion for that matter, fighting BOTH Abner Mares and Guillermo Rigondeaux should be your top goals for 2013. These two are far and away the best fighters in your division. And in Mares’s case, he has a valid claim that to have faced better competition recently.

Will Top Rank and Golden Boy put side their BS to make Mares-Donaire? Will Nonito keep his word and remain up for a Rigondeaux unification?

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