Gonzalez and Arce Heat Up for the Sizzler in Sinaloa
Tonight in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, Jhonny Gonzalez, 56-8 (47), and battle-tested Jorge Arce, 64-7-2 (49), will meet at the Cancha de Usos Multiples Praderas de Villa for Gonzalez’s WBC featherweight title on a Zanfer Promotions card. Both fighters have been two of Mexico’s most popular and exciting sluggers throughout their respective careers.
Mexico City-based Gonzalez is riding the wave of an exciting knockout over former three-division champion Abner Mares two fights ago in August of 2013. Sinaloa-born Arce will come into the ring on a three-fight win streak. He retired in 2012 after being drilled by champion Nonito Donaire in a WBO world junior featherweight title fight in Houston, Texas. The crushing knockout looked like the end of the road for the blood-and-guts veteran but he was back in the ring less than a year later. On his name and reputation alone, Arce knew he could more than likely secure another major fight. So after a few comeback wins, he finds himself in a big, high-profile tussle with champion Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is only 33 and Arce is 35, numbers that would not be seen as “too old” by today’s standards among active fighters. But the two scrappers have amassed a lot of miles. Gonzalez, a 15-year pro, has been in the ring 64 times as a professional. Arce, clocking in at 18 years in the game, has answered the bell 74 times. While many factors can play into bouts with ring-worn veterans with more years behind them than ahead, experience in high-profile fights won’t be one of them for these two warriors. Gonzalez, a two-division champion, has been in the ring with the likes of Mares, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Israel Vasquez and Gerry Penalosa in his career. Meanwhile, Arce has thrown down with champions like Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan. Both fighters have a long history in world title bouts as Gonzalez first contested for a world title strap in 2005 while Arce first battled for a world title trinket almost 16 years ago, way back in 1998. Now at long last, the two massively popular Mexican brawlers are meeting up in the ring.
Time is certainly against veteran Arce and he knows it. The clock has been the one opponent few fighters have ever conquered. But the likable, smiling banger is confident that he has more left to give. In recent interviews, Arce claimed, “I am determined to win and I will win. I am determined to get my sixth belt.”
Gonzalez knows that despite age and a lot of miles, Arce is as gritty and tough as they come and he is preparing for just that kind of fight. The champion Gonzalez countered, “I will face a strong and experienced fighter who has won five world titles, so I will prepare as if I am challenging a world champion. Arce throws punches right from the opening bell. He is brave and strong. We anticipate a war in the ring because I will not take even one step back.”
Both fighters have been in big bouts against tough opposition for many years. There was often talk of these two Mexican legends fighting and while it is somewhat later in the game for both, this night has finally arrived. For fight fans, here’s hoping that good things will come to those who have waited.