Arce Has No Regrets Over Ending Career With KO Loss
By Miguel Rivera
Most fighters would like to retire on a winning note, but it rarely happens. Mexico's Jorge Arce (61-7-2, 46KOs) was hoping to retire with a big win. Instead he was knocked out in three rounds by WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire on December 15th in Texas. Arce retired after the match was over.
At 33-years-old, Arce is still young in a sport where most of the current stars are close to his age or several years older. He turned pro in 1996 and went through several wars over the years.
Arce does not regret his quick decision to retire. In 2011, Arce promised his family that he would walk away by the end of 2012.
"I lost to the best. [For Donaire] I prepared better than I've ever prepared in the past. I had a motivation that I never felt in the past. I did everything perfect...the training was perfect. I was very explosive and strong, and tried everything but my body would not respond and the truth is - it was the right time to say goodbye. I could not do much of anything with Donaire. My mind was ready, but my body could not do it," Arce said.
"When my son Jorgito was born, I promised my wife that when he was a year old - I would retire - and precisely on December 15 it marked one year and I fulfilled what I promised and I retired. Now I get to watch my children grow up along with my wife, whom I love, and they are the backbone of my life. I thank God that I'm mentally and physically well. I thank God for what he has given me, for giving me the talent to box."
Setup fight between FRIENDS, aaawww.Comment by jab2theballs on 12-30-2012
[QUOTE=Phantomas;12870588]I think he quit lol.[/QUOTE] The fight was fixed. He waved in Donaire before he lowered his guard. Why do you think he wanted so much money?Comment by southpaw_07 on 12-30-2012
[IMG]http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2008/0511/box_ap_arce1_600.jpg[/IMG]Comment by Johnny_Roa on 12-29-2012
[QUOTE=Phantomas;12870588]I think he quit lol.[/QUOTE] He did Quit, he could have gotten up, but he didnt wanted. I respect him as a boxer, but that fight with Nonito was one sided.Comment by Ringlife on 12-29-2012
Arce was always fun to watch win or lose enjoy your retirement champ.Post a Comment/View More User Comments (14)