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JR Lopez Gonzales 3:09 PM 0

HOUSTON, Texas - Super Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr. successfully retained his belt versus the feisty four-division Mexican champion Jorge Arce in an ecstatic pro-Mexican crowd in third round with 2:59 remaining.


At the first, both checked upon each other with sporadic punches. But Donaire made his presence felt by releasing his right punch 1:59 in the early ticks. Arce seemed not to be aggressive on the first round which Donaire exploited especially with 32 seconds left.

On the second round, Arce felt Donaire’s power again in 1:50 and was down in the canvas which looked like a slip. ‘El Travieso’ Arce was able to stand up quickly and released his aggressiveness but the quick Filipino tactician simply danced out of trouble.

The whirlwind third round came with an obvious more aggressive Mexican pugilist on the prowl, taking Donaire down which seemed like a mixed martial arts move. But with 46 seconds left, Donaire unleashed a series of combinations which started from solid right hook that send Arce reeling. A fazed Arce got back and bravely stood up again after his second knockdown. But on the dying seconds, the quickness of the Filipino pugilist seemed too much, as Donaire launched his vicious right hook sending the Mexican veteran to the canvas to end the match.

It was Donaire’s fourth win for this year and was seen by many as a vindication from last week’s loss of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to Juan Manuel Marquez on Pacquiao-Marquez IV. It can be remembered that Donaire dropped Arce in 2:59; the same time Marquez also KO’d Pacquiao last December 8. Donaire improved his record to 31 wins with 20 knock outs and one loss.

Arce announced his retirement immediately after the match.

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