Jorge Arce knows that he will be stepping above the ring as a heavy underdog but the Mexican warrior believes that he can score an upset win via knockout in his upcoming bout against Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire on December 15 at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The former four-division champion, who holds a 61-6-2 record with 46 knockouts, admitted that he is wary of the punching power of Donaire, but he is planning to pressure the Filipino champion and “make him submit” that will eventually lead to a knockout win.
Arce also added that his confidence came from the fact that he will be trained by Nacho Beristain, the famed trainer of Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, the 33-year-old Arce said: “I fight better, with more confidence and with more desire when I’m the underdog. And on this occasion, it will be no different. And with trainer Nacho Beristain in my corner, I will be even more confident because it is the best corner I can possibly have.”
Beristain is also training Marquez for his upcoming fourth fight against Manny Pacquiao on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and Arce said that he, Marquez, and Beristain will be aiming for a historic feat.
He said: “Can you imagine that if on December 8th Marquez beats Pacquiao with Beristain in his corner, and then on December 15 I beat Donaire with Don Nacho Beristain in my corner – it would be something historical. Just seeing me to come to the ring with Nacho Beristain, it will have an effect on Donaire.”
While he is oozing with confidence over his chance against the reigning International Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Donaire, Arce hinted that his upcoming fight could be the last of his illustrious boxing career.
“Retirement is close. If I lose to Donaire, I will retire but I am going out knowing that I lost against the best. But what if I win? I could go out as the best,” Arce declared.