MANILA, Philippines – Mexican fighter Jorge Arce sees his upcoming fight against world super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire as a chance to silence his critics.
Arce, a veteran of 68 professional fights, will be a massive underdog against Donaire, who is widely considered as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.
But the Mexican brawler firmly believes that he has a strong chance of pulling off an upset and giving Donaire his first loss in 11 years.
“We’ve had a great camp for my fight with Donaire,” Arce said in an interview with Rafael Soto of Boxing Scene.
“We will once again surprise the boxing world on the 15th of December. Thanks to those who criticize me and leave me for dead. All of them are my main motivators,” he added.
“I will shut down their mouths because I will defeat Donaire.”
Arce has not lost since 2009, when he fell to Angky Angkota via a technical decision. But in his most recent fight, against Jesus Rojas, Arce was forced to accept a no-contest when he got fouled in the second round and was unable to continue.
Meanwhile, Donaire has already fought three times this year. He defeated Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the WBO super bantamweight belt in February, then decisioned Jeffrey Mathebula for the IBF belt.
Last October, he knocked out top Japanese fighter Toshiaki Nishioka to earn the RING super bantamweight belt.