WBO and The Ring super bantamweight king “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire will defend his belts against four-division titlist Jorge Arce tomorrow night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs), who has emerged victorious in 29 consecutive matches since losing a unanimous decision to Rosendo Sanchez in his second professional bout in March 2001, last threw fists on October 13 when he earned a ninth round TKO victory over Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Conversely, the 33-year-old Arce (61-6-2, 46 KOs), a fearless and relentless scrapper who has recorded a mark of 9-0-1 since April 2010, most recently fought in September when he defeated Mauricio Martinez by unanimous decision.
Donaire, a Filipino-American from the Bay Area who is also a past IBF and IBO world flyweight titleholder, is determined to knockout Arce.
“Don’t anyone worry about me. I am going to be very focused and determined in the ring. I will not get careless,” said Donaire, 30, who is rated as The Ring’s sixth pound-for-pound boxer in the world. “I know what I am facing in Arce — a champion who has a will to win. I know all there is about Arce, but this fight will not go 12 rounds. No way.”
Jeff Lyons possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of “The Sweet Science” and the South Bostonian raves about the abilities of the indomitable “Filipino Flash.”
“Nonito is a once in a generation fighter,” said Lyons, 33. “People take him for granted because he’s so light.”
As Donaire aptly stated, “this fight will not go 12 rounds. No way.”
Expect Nonito Donaire to knock Jorge Arce onto Queer Street prior to the eight round tomorrow evening to win his 30th straight prizefight.by