Jorge Arce Stops Simphiwe Nongqayi In Four Rounds

By Jake Donovan

Rejuvenated super bantamweight titlist Jorge Arce made the first defense of his belt with a revenge-fueled fourth-round knockout of Simphiwe Nongqayi on Saturday evening at Foro Promo Casa in Mexicali, BC, Mexico.

The official time was 2:01 of the 4th round of their Fox Deportes-televised main event.

Arce had a lot riding on this bout, which was a rematch to their September ’09 super flyweight title fight which ended miserably for the wildly popular Mexican and his fighting family. Nongqayi handily won their first meeting to not only win a title belt, but also score his second win of the year against the Arce family, having topped his brother Francisco Arce earlier in the year.

What a difference two years can make for both fighters. Arce hasn’t lost since, riding a six-fight unbeaten streak into Saturday’s contest. Conversely, the career-best win for Nongqayi was his last, as he was hoping to end a two-fight winless skid while also returning after a 14-month hiatus.

It wasn’t going to happen on this night, as Arce fought like a man on a mission. The former reality star came out throwing in the opening round, sending the South African to the canvas with a right hand, left hook combination late in the frame. Nongqayi was on wobbly legs as he beat the count, but managed to move and eventually clinch his way out of the round.

The 32-year old Arce hardly looked his age and seemed fresher as the fight went along. Nongq ayi appeared stuck in the mud in comparison, fighting off of his front foot and was constantly off balance as he struggled to defend against his far more active foe.

Action slowed in the third, which served to Nongqayi’s benefit. The former super flyweight titlist held his own when the two fought on the inside, trading body shots and tying up Arce when necessary. The strategy worked for about half of the round, until Arce grew wise to the game and created just enough distance to get proper leverage on his punches.

A rally was thwarted when Nongqayi’s mouthpiece became dislodged late in the round, but proved to be well worth the wait – though not before the type of dramatic moment that seems to accompany every Arce fight. A clash of heads left the three-division titlist with a nasty gash along the top of his forehead, a sequence that earned Nongqayi a stern warning from referee Rafael Ramos.

Much as was the case when Arce toppled Hussein Hussein in their first fight more than six years ago, the blood served as a motivator to expedite matters and get his opponent the hell out of there. A flurry of punches had Nongqayi in serious trouble, but the referee let the action go as the two were still trading, even if Arce was getting the better of the exchanges.

The end finally came when a series of head shots forced Nongqayi to pitch forward and fold over while keeping his hands glued to his head. Arce continued to throw and land, but only until Ramos jumped in to end the onslaught.

Arce picks up his third straight knockout as he moves to 58-6-2 (45KO) in his wild and incredible career. Nongqayi is now winless in three straight bouts, falling to 16-2-1 (6KO).

The win is Arce’s first since scoring a dramatic 12th round upset knockout win of previously unbeaten Wilfred Vazquez Jr this past May in a fight that served as the chief support to Manny Pacquiao’s 12-round win over an uninspiring and faded Shane Mosley.

It wasn’t hard for the all-action Mexican to steal the show that evening, but the manner in which he won went a long way towards lending validity to his latest unbeaten streak. The win over Nongqayi helps erase one embarrassing moment in recent past, when he looked flat and nearly done as a prizefighter when they met two years ago.

More troubling for Arce than the loss itself that night was the fact that he failed to avenge a similarly disappointing performance turned in earlier that year by his brother Francisco against the very same fighter. Two years later, he can rest that much easier, knowing that a significant piece of the family name has been restored.

The late surge in Arce’s career comes at the perfect time, as he also hopes to avenge past losses against Vic Darchinyan and Cristian Mijares, both of whom are not only once again relevant, but also campaigning just one division north at bantamweight.

Also mentioned is a possible return go with Vazquez Jr early next year.

Whatever the future has in store, Arce can take great comfort that it comes on his terms and not as a high-profile B-side as someone else’s steppingstone.

In the televised opener, Victor Terrazas (31-2-1, 18KO) racked up his sixth straight win with a fourth round knockout of countryman Eduardo Becerril (12-10-2, 4KO). Terrazas landed a barrage of right hands in the fight-ending sequence, including a jaw-jarring right uppercut that prompted the referee to intervene at 2:12 of the fourth round.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Follow Jake on Twitter at or submit questions/comments to [email protected].

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TheMexHurricane on 09-25-2011

[QUOTE=Carlos Alberto;11204384]Interesting how Arce was considered done and shot a few years ago and is now on this big win streak; specially with stoppages. A bit suspicious to me, really.[/QUOTE] [COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]The still granite chinned Arce is cherry picking fights. He's…

Comment by mshap on 09-25-2011

Arce has been one of the best action fighters of this era -- all props to him for reserecting his career that seemed to be on a steady downward spiral in recent years. which is actually very unusual in the…

Comment by cool-jupiter on 09-25-2011

[QUOTE=Rajon34;11204132]Whenever Arce fights ITS WAR![/QUOTE] Couldn't be any truer.

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 09-25-2011

Interesting how Arce was considered done and shot a few years ago and is now on this big win streak; specially with stoppages. A bit suspicious to me, really.

Comment by Rajon34 on 09-24-2011

Good Fight that African Dude looked like he was 70 but he can sure take a beating and could actually fight. Arce is a legend and one of my favorite all-time fighters. Whenever Arce fights ITS WAR!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Orlando Cruz Vows To Beat Flanagan: I Will Be First Gay Champ! Video: Jesus Cuellar Very Eager To Finally Face Mares Roach Doubts Canelo is Serious About Cotto: He Won't Fight Us! Video: Abner Mares Discusses New Trainer, Cuellar Title Shot Crawford's Opponent in Place, Going To Contracts, Says Arum Video: Robert Garcia on Brandon Rios, Mares-Cuellar, More Pacquiao vs. Vargas: No Delay Broadcast of PPV, Says Arum Video: Richard Schaefer Talks Return, Mayweather, Canelo-GGG Roach: Golovkin May Need To Jump To 175 For More Recognition Photos: Cuellar, Mares Go Face To Face at Los Angeles Presser Parker's Promoter Withdraws Funding Bid For Andy Ruiz Bout DeGale Confident That He'll Beat, Expose Weaknesses in Golovkin Roach Admits: Crawford is NOT My Favorite Fight For Pacquiao Schaefer: I Couldn't Be Coming Back With a Better Fight Card Crawford To Face PBC Fighter Next? Then Pacquiao in 2017? Roach: Pacquiao is Too Big, Lomachenko is Not That Good Javier Fortuna vs. Omar Douglas Camp Notes Pacquiao vs. Lomachenko is The Fight Arum Wants To Make Most Terry Flanagan vs. Orlando Cruz on November 26, Motorpoint Roach: Golden Boy Protecting Their 'Cash Cow' From Golovkin John Molina Wants to Dethrone 140 Kingpin Terence Crawford Schaefer Explains Ringstar Business Model, PBC Relationship Roach Still Wants Pacquiao vs. Canelo: I Love That Fight! Parker's Promoter Still Pushing To Keep Ruiz Fight in Auckland Manny Pacquiao: I Need a Convincing Win To Prove I'm Still Here Scott Quigg Makes Featherweight Debut on Anthony Joshua Card Pacquiao vs. Vargas Lands on BoxNation Katie Taylor Inks Promotional With Eddie Hearn, Pro Debut Set Oscar De La Hoya: 2016 is Maybe The Worst Year For Boxing Roach: I Don't Think Andre Ward is The Fighter He Used To Be Video: Freddie Roach Talks Golovkin, Kovalev vs. Ward, More Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach Have Retirement Pact in Place Video: Justin Fortune Discusses The Heavyweight Division Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr: Sure, Why Not Video: Bob Arum Talks Schaefer, Trump, King, UFC, More Arum: I Would NEVER Do Pacquiao vs. Golovkin - It Was a Joke! Video: Manny Pacquiao Putting in Work For Vargas Title Clash Video: Freddie Roach on Thurman-Garcia, Lebedev-Gassiev, More Mason Menard's Fight Now Off Due To Bookkeeping Issue Molina Still Wants Danny Garcia Fight: He Has Holes in His Armor

Latest Active Forum Threads