I'll have upperhand vs Arce, says Donaire

Posted at 10/22/12 6:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Unified super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire expects to have an advantage against Mexican brawler Jorge Arce should they ever meet inside the boxing ring.

Arce is rumored to be Donaire’s opponent for his December 15 fight date. The bout will reportedly be held in Arce’s hometurf of Mexico.

While Donaire insists that nothing has been finalized, he is willing to analyze his potential match-up with Arce in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.

“Definitely I’ll have the upperhand because I’ve been busy. I’ve been continuing my physical exercises and I’m ready to fight any time,” Donaire said.

Donaire has fought three times this year already, most recently facing top Japanese fighter Toshiaki Nishioka at the Home Depot Center in California last October 13. Donaire won via a ninth-round technical knockout.

But Donaire was quick to point out that Arce, a former two-division world champion, is a difficult opponent, especially because of his attacking style.

“Arce has been through so many wars. He’s still a capable fighter and he’s an all-or-nothing kind of guy,” he explained. “You always have difficulty with a guy that never quits.”

“The Filipino Flash” is expecting a classic match-up between himself and Arce if their fight materializes.

“His relentlessness, his way of fighting... It’s a classic fight between a boxer and a fighter. Looking at it on paper, I have the upper hand,” Donaire said.

But Donaire emphasized that the Arce fight has not yet been finalized.

“Nothing is certain because I haven’t seen the contract at all,” he said. “(Top Rank chief executive Bob) Arum has stated a few times that it will be Arce on December 15.”

“They want to make the fight happen, it’s certain for them. But it has to be certain for me,” Donaire added.

Donaire is planning to take at least a month off to heal his left hand, which he re-injured in the bout against Nishioka.

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