MANILA, Philippines – With a series of crushing left hooks, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire ended the career of his good friend, Mexican warrior Jorge Arce, in their world title fight at the Toyota Center in Houston Saturday.
Donaire floored Arce once in the second round and twice in the third en route to a technical knockout victory.
Arce laid on the canvas for several moments before finally getting up, and proceeded to announce his retirement from boxing.
“My career is over,” he said, as quoted by Boxing Scene. “I lost to the best man.”
|Jorge Arce of Mexico (L) in a boxing match vs Nonito Donaire
“I have a family to take care of. I have my children. I promised them that if I lost, I would retire. I lost, and I’m a man of my word,” Arce said.
Arce will retire with a record of 61 wins, seven losses and two draws, including 46 wins by knockout. He has won world titles in four different weight classes and is acknowledged as one of the most exciting fighters in the lower weight classes.
Arce said he can live a comfortable life, as he has “kept all of the money that I’ve earned.”
“I can go home and watch boxing on TV,” he said.
Against Donaire, Arce initially abandoned his usual style of all-out fighting, instead circling out of Donaire’s reach and attempting lunging punches.
After getting knocked down in the second round, Arce became more aggressive, but this worked to Donaire’s favor. Arce’s downfall came late in the third round when he dropped his right hand and got caught with a left hook to the jaw.
“He is good. I thought I could do better, but he’s very strong,” Arce said. “I’m proud to have lost against the best man.”
Arce becomes the second boxer this year who retired after losing to Donaire. Last October, Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka hung up his gloves after suffering a ninth round knockout loss at the hands of "The Filipino Flash."