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Jorge Arce: I'm Leaving Boxing With My Head Held High

By Salvador Rodriguez

Former four division world champion Jorge Arce (64-8-2, 49KOs), 35-years-old, is retiring from boxing and says this time it's for good. He retired in 2012 after suffering a knockout loss to Nonito Donaire but returned last year with a brand new campaign to captured another world title.

On Saturday night, in his hometown of Los Mochis in Mexico, Arce got his chance and he was stopped in eleven rounds by WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez. Arce lasted much longer than anticipated but he took punishment, went down several times and eventually the referee stopped the fight.  

"It was the most beautiful night of my entire life, in my home with my people. I obviously have accumulated [the physical effects of] age, the battles that I've had. Jhonny was bigger and stronger, the risk was big but I am a warrior. They told me that I was going to get knocked out worse than Ábner Mares. I went to the war, I took good shots, I lasted. 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," Arce said.

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Comment by PunchyPotorff on 10-06-2014

I don't think a true fan of the sport could fault Arce for his career. The guy was a true warrior and worked his rear off in all his fights. Hope he set aside enough dough to stay retired and…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 10-06-2014

[QUOTE=Golovkin;15003350]....There was a lot of buzz going into this fight but it turned out to be a disappointment; (unbelievably) thanks to Arce. He was VERY serious about willing to die in the ring and whatnot, just to complain about a…

Comment by Daylyt on 10-06-2014

Retire homie, you had a great career but its your time now. Relax and enjoy the rest of your life with your health intact.

Comment by GoldenGloveLove on 10-06-2014

We can't ever believe him though because he's said this several times before.

Comment by torosboxing75 on 10-06-2014

You should have left boxing when Rojas made your head hang low.

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