Donaire annihilates Arce
By Vikram Birring at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 17, 2012) Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank
One week after a disappointing defeat of a
national hero, Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire regained national pride
for the Philippines with a crushing three round obliteration of Mexican
rival Jorge “El Travieso” Arce at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas,
Despite the presence of notorious
strength coach Angel “Memo” Heredia, who was in the limelight a week
before for transforming Juan Manuel Marquez into a cartoonish Incredible
Hulk-like figure at the advanced age of 39, Arce (61-7-2, 46 KO) had no
answers for the taller, faster, smarter, and more powerful Donaire
(31-1, 20 KO). From the opening bell, the usually brash Arce’s eyes
looked wider than ever before; he knew what he was up against.
It was as if Arce was playing chess
against Garry Kasparov, not only does the chess master capitalize on any
mistake, but also is thinking of multiple possibilities of moves beyond
Mistake one was made in the second round;
Arce threw a jab, and Donaire threw a right cross over the top of it,
sending Arce staggering. Arce bent forward and both of his gloves
touched the canvas. He immediately balanced himself and let referee
Laurence Cole that he was okay. He managed to survive the round.
In the third round, Arce lunged in with a
left hook, Donaire rolled under it and countered with a short right
cross, that again staggered Arce. Donaire followed up with three left
hooks that sent Arce to his knees. He rose, but on very shaky legs.
He stood in front of Donaire, and Donaire
nailed him with his trademark left hook. Arce’s body sprung forward,
and then backwards as it slammed into the canvas. His gloves covered his
face, and referee Cole immediately stopped the bout at two minutes,
Remarkably, Donaire turned 7,250 Mexican
fans into his fans in twelve short minutes. Dramatic performances like
this do just that.
Note: This broadcast marked the final one
for HBO commentator Larry Merchant. Despite numerous head-scratching
analogies through the years, Merchant always seemed to give the view of
an average fan that just wanted to be entertained and commanded respect
due to his overall body of journalistic work . He will be missed, and
the fact that he being replaced by Max Kellerman is a sad ode to the new
“hip” generation. Kellerman will never be Merchant, but hopefully he
shows enough improvement in his role that he can at least be mentioned
in the same sentence at some time in the future.
Mexican super bantamweight contender
Victor Terrazas (36-2-1, 21 KO) won a hotly disputed decision against
journeyman Juan Ruiz (23-11, 7 KO). Ruiz seemed to outwork Terrazas
through the rounds and landed numerous thudding body shots, as Terrazas
tried to outbox his foe backing up throughout the fight. The crowd and
those at ringside seemed to think that Ruiz won the fight, but the
judges disagreed. They traded 78-74 scorecards with the embarrassing
79-73 scorecard of Judge David Sutherland’s 79-73 being the difference.
Welterweight prospect Alex Saucedo of
Oklahoma City stopped Eddie Cordova in the third round. Displaying
smooth boxing skills for his tall frame, Saucedo halted the old man in
the third round, setting his record to 7-0 with 5 KO. Cordova falls to
3-4-1, with 1 KO.
Mexican welterweight Daniel Sandoval
(30-2, 29 KO) nearly stopped journeyman Larry Smith in the first round,
but Smith managed to survive the round, and the whole six rounds, to the
disappointment of all in attendance. Sandoval won the six round
decision, 60-54 twice and 59-55. Which round was scored for Smith is a
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Questions or comments,
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