Jorge Arce has announced another retirement following an 11th round TKO loss last night to WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez.
Arce, fighting in front of his hometown fans of Los Mochis, tried in vain to fight the bigger Gonzalez off the backfoot in the opening two rounds. The champion easily landed with jabs and right hands before catching a lunging Arce with a sweeping left hook for a third round knockdown. In the fifth, Gonzalez deposited Arce on the bottom rope with a left jab-right cross combination. The fight’s third knockdown came in the ninth courtesy of another left hook.
Throught the fight, the battle-worn Arce spit out his mouthpiece to buy time, eliciting point-deduction warnings from referee Johnny Callas. In the 11th, Callas could be heard chastising Arce for unsportsmanlike conduct (“You’re better than this. You have one round left.”)
Arce wouldn’t get to see the final bell. Clearly fighting to survive, the referee called the bout after Gonzalez landed another flush combination, thus ending an Arce comeback that began last year.
Now 35 years old with a professional career dating back to 1996, Arce was firm in stating this was his final bout.
“They told me I was going to get knocked out worse than Abner Mares. I went to war, took good shots, I lasted,” said Arce proudly. “The people were excited and this is what is important. I asked God to allow me to end my career with dignity. Today I am going with my head held high. I never let the people down. I always had wars and here I am.”
If Arce’s retirement holds, he finishes as a four-division champion with a record of 68-8-2 (49 KOs).[youtube http://youtu.be/yk6SJYC03MY]