Ring is set for another battle of Filipino and Mexican boxers as Nonito “The Flash” Donaire defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight title and the WBC diamond belt to Jorge “Travieso” Arce on December 15, 2012 at the Toyota Center, the Home of the Houston Rockets , in Houston, Texas.
Donaire (29), a 4-division world champion with a record of 30-1, 19 by KOs, is one of the busiest boxer as this fight will be his fourth this year and winning all of his previous 3 fights. Meanwhile, the challenger, Arce (32) is a veteran fighter with 61-6-2, 46 by KOs.
At weigh-in, Donaire weighed 121 ½ pounds while Arce hit the limit of 122 pounds. At a press conference, both fighters extended their respect for each other and promised a great fight as both of them trained well in their respective camps.
Many boxing fans dubbed the Donaire – Arce fight as another battle and rivalry of Filipino and Mexican boxers as the Pacquaio – Marquez 4 was still fresh from their minds where Filipino champion Manny Pacquaio was knocked out in the 6th rounds by his fierce rival Juan Manuel Marquez. In one of the interviews with Donaire, he mentioned that he is not fighting for revenge on the loss of Pacquaio. Revenge will cloud his focus on the fight. He will be on the ring to defend his title and pour his attention in his strategies and deliver a good fight.
The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, starting at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT(December 16, 11:30 AM, Philippine Time). The telecast will also include the exclusive replay of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 4, the fourth chapter of their epic rivalry and a favorite to win Fight of the Year.