Photos: Fedchenko Training, Plans For War With Marquez

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO. – Sergey Fedchenko wasted no time. He barely set foot on Mexican soil, and the Ukrainian – 30-years-old – began training for his April 14th battle against the legendary Juan Manuel Marquez. The fight takes place at the new Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Accompanied by his coach Victor Demchenko and sparring partner Arten Ayvazidi, the boxer vowed to win.

“It was always my dream to fight for a world title,” said Fedchenko. “When I was told about the possibility of coming to fight with Juan Manuel I did not hesitate for a minute. It is an honor to fight with a Mexican fighter like him. I know that in Mexico there are many who consider me to be the next victim of Juan Manuel, and even in my country some people do not have faith in me.”

“I don’t like to talk too much, but when I step into the ring and do my work – then we’ll talk. I came to win. I have respect for Juan Manuel because he faced Manny Pacquiao three times and beat him three times, but that does not mean the same thing will happen here. I’m a different fighter, so let’s see who comes out victorious.”

 

By Salvador Rodriguez, photos by Rafael Soto

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=51347

Orlando Salido de gira como campeón mundial

El campeón  mundial pluma Orlando Salido estará de gira promocional este fin de semana, luego de su exitosa defensa titular ante el bicampeón mundial boricua Juanma López.

Siri, como apodan al actual titular 126 libras de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), llegaría esta noche a Ciudad México y se presentará mañana viernes en el programa Golpe a Golpe de la telecadena ESPNDeportes. Allí conversará con su compatriota múltiple campeón divisional Juan Manuel Márquez, quien es uno de los presentadores del espacio televisivo dedicado al boxeo.

El sábado viajará a Miami, Florida, para presentarse el domingo en el programa República Deportiva, que transmite Univision.

Sean Gibbons, su manejador, lo acompañará durante toda la travesía.

El pasado 10 de marzo en el coliseo Roberto Clemente de Hato Rey, Salido retuvo su corona mundial al noquear en diez episodios ocasión a Juanma. Fue un emocionante encuentro y seguro candidato a Pelea del Año.

“Estoy muy contento con la victoria ya que fue una gran pelea porque los dos queríamos mucho el triunfo y además que vencí al mejor López que hay, pues estaba muy fuerte y peleó con inteligencia”, dijo Salido por medio de un comunicado a los medios. “Pero al final de cuentas mi resistencia y poder fueron mucho para él, tal y como lo fue en la primera pelea”.

 

Por José A. Sánchez Fournier / jose.sanchez@elnuevodia.com

http://www.elnuevodia.com/orlandosalidodegiracomocampeonmundial-1224532.html

Cuenca Confident: I Know I’ll Beat Juan Manuel Marquez

Argentine boxer Cesar Rene Cuenca has spent years waiting for a world title shot. On April 14th in Mexico City, he will face one of the greatest Mexican fighters of all time, Juan Manuel Marquez, for the interim-WBO junior welterweight title. Cuenca (42-0, 1 KO) knows Marquez is a very experienced fighter, and he knows a lot of other fights are at stake for the Mexican icon – but Cuenca has no doubts about his ability to defeat Marquez.

“I am very happy, because I’m fulfilling my dream of fighting for the world title. I’ve always wanted to at least try, but now I am going to do it, and I’m going to win. We are preparing very well for Marquez. I know that he has a lot of experience, but I have experience as well. I am convinced that I will win,” Cuenca told Diario Abajo del Ring.

By Rafael Soto

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=50603

Photos: Orlando Salido knocks out Juan Manuel Lopez in the Tenth Round

WBO Featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido won the rematch this past Saturday against Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez by technical knockout in the tenth round. After knocking Lopez down early in the tenth round, referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. stop the fight when Lopez struggled to get up. In an action-packed fight, Salido was able to overcome a knockdown in the fifth round and continue to pressure Lopez until knocked Lopez out with a couple of uppercuts in the tenth.

Photos: M. Garcia, Concepcion Shaking Out in Puerto Rico

No. 1-rated contender MIKEY GARCIA will risk his undefeated record, his NABO and NABF featherweight titles and his rating when he faces two-time world championship challenger BERNABE CONCEPCION on the Lopez-Salido II card which will take place Saturday, March 10 and will be televised live from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, P.R. on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Photos by Peter Amador/Top Rank.

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“Yo sé quién es Juanma López”, Salido

El mexicano Orlando Salido arribó a Puerto Rico hoy en la tarde y enseguida se presentó al gimnasio del Residencial Luis Llóréns Torres para realizar un entrenamiento para los medios de prensa, en ruta a su combate de este sábado, 10 de marzo, cuando defienda su cetro pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante el boricua Juan Manuel “Juanma” López en el coliseo Roberto Clemente de San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs), quien estuvo acompañado por su entrenador José Santos Moreno y su equipo de trabajo, realizando ejercicios de piso, varios asaltos de guanteleta, así como varios asaltos golpeando el saco en el gimnasio del Residencial Luis Lloréns Torres, mostrando rapidez y buen físico.

“Tengo la mejor condición, mejor que en la pelea anterior”, dijo Salido, quien se suponía llegara anoche a Puerto Rico, pero perdió el vuelo y llegó hoy temprano en la tarde a la Isla. “Estamos preparados, no tengo presión alguna, voy a hacer mi trabajo como siempre, yo sé quién es Juanma López”.

 

EL VOCERO/Alvin Báez

http://www.vocero.com/deports-es/yo-se-quien-es-juanma-lopez%E2%80%9D-salido

Marquez-Cuenca for WBO title in April

Mexican three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez has confirmed to Fightnews.com that his next fight on April 14th against undefeated southpaw Argentinian Cesar Rene Cuenca (42-0, 1 KO) will be at the “New Mexico City Arena” in Mexico City for the WBO super lightweight world title. There is a possibility it could be for regular crown with Bradley fighting for the WBO welterweight title against Manny Pacquiao on June 9 in Las Vegas, but for now it’s assured that Marquez-Cuenca is for the WBO interim super lightweight world title.

By Gabriel F. Cordero

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/marquez-cuenca-for-wbo-title-in-april-109715

Juan Manuel Marquez Disputes Retirement Confirmation

WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (53-6-1, 39KOs) has fully denied several reports which claim the Mexican icon, 39-years-old, confirmed that 2012 would be his final year in the sport of boxing.

Marquez returns to the ring on April 21 against Cesar Cuenca for the WBO’s interim-title at 140-pounds, and then he has a date of July 14th, possibly at Cowboys Stadium against unbeaten Mercito Gesta. If all goes well, he hopes to face Manny Pacquiao in a fourth battle in November.

“I think there was a misunderstanding with the media, who said that I confirmed that I was possibly going to retire this year, but there was no confirmation [that I would retire in 2012],” said Marquez.

 

By Miguel Rivera

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=50210

 

Marquez says he’ll retire in 2012

38-year-old three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez says that he expects to retort from boxing in late 2012. “I’ve done a lot of sacrifice and effort for 28 years but I feel that now is the time to say goodbye and begin a new phase in my life. My family is asking me and what I want to do is spend time with them.” Marquez is expected to fight either April 14 or 21 in the New Mexico City Arena against undefeated Argentinian Cesar Cuenca in a clash for the WBO super lightweight interim world title. That fight could be finalized this weekend.

“I’ll possibly do a rematch with Pacquiao, but I’ve gained a good position in the boxing world and when it comes time to retire it will be difficult but I accept it. For now, plans are to fight in April and then in July and finally in November but you know how boxing is. Nothing is certain until the night of the fight.”

 

By Gabriel F. Cordero

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/marquez-says-hell-retire-in-2012-109419

 

Juan M. Márquez pone fecha a su retiro

MÉXICO — El púgil mexicano Juan Manuel Márquez, súper campeón de peos ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), anunció su retirada a finales de este año se concrete o no una cuarta pelea contra el filipino Manny Pacquiao.

“Nos vamos este año, si se hace o no la cuarta pelea con Pacquiao: nos vamos. No tengo nada que demostrar. Toda la gente sabe de lo que soy capaz y me voy tranquilo”, declaró Márquez a medios de prensa el jueves.

“Yo seguiré con mi agenda, en abril, 14 o 21, posiblemente ante el argentino César Cuenca en la ciudad de México; en julio otra pelea y en noviembre se habla de otro combate, si es contra Pacquiao bien, sino, no hay problema y nos retiramos”, apuntó.

Señaló que él puso como límite este año para que el filipino aceptara la cuarta pelea. “Pero al no aceptarla ya dio la respuesta sino fuera por miedo la pelea se hubiera concretado inmediatamente”.

El púgil, con 19 años como boxeador profesional, dijo que está a punto de cerrar su ciclo en el boxeo.

“El tiempo, la familia y yo, con 28 años dedicados al boxeo, ya lo pedimos. Además buscamos iniciar un ciclo al ciento por ciento, estar concentrado en lo que se tiene que hacer”, dijo Márquez en referencia a su posible postulación a un cargo de elección por el Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).

Comentó que todavía no tiene una oferta formal del PRI para una eventual candidatura en las elecciones federales del 1 de julio próximo, en las que se renovarán los 500 diputados y los 128 senadores del Congreso.

Márquez dijo que analiza si decide participar aunque consideró que cuenta con bases ya que “en la política se necesita esfuerzo y carácter, como en el boxeo, y ya estamos acostumbrados”.

Sobre la multa de 29.910 pesos (2.248 dólares) que le impuso el Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE) por mostrar un emblema político, el logotipo del PRI, en su pelea del 12 de noviembre con el filipino Manny Pacquiao en Las Vegas, Estados Unidos, dijo que por consejo de su abogados revocará el castigo.

“No nos vamos a dejar. En el IFE hasta se pelean entre ellos”, finalizó Márquez.

 

http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/news/story?id=1475876&s=box&type=story

 

Moises Fuentes Injured, Withdraws From Weekend Defense

World Boxing Organization (WBO) mini-flyweight champion Mexican Moises Fuentes will not defend his title this coming Saturday in Tijuana, after suffering an injury in training. Fuentes was going to defend his belt against Filipino Michael Landero. However, this past Saturday Fuentes suffered a hand injury durring a sparring session. He went to a doctor who advised him rest.

“I feel very frustrated by my accident last Saturday. While I was sparring, I threw a straight right and hit [my sparring partner’s] head. I immediately felt pain and then a lot of discomfort in the hand. I didn’t think it was that serious but my knuckles were very swollen this morning and my doctors determined that I couldn’t  fight on Saturday,” Fuentes said.

Fuentes (14-1-0, 6 KOs) won the world championship in August 2011 in Guadalajara, winning a split decision over Raul “Rayito” Garcia.

With Fuentes out, two-time former world champion “Rayito” Garcia (31-2-0, 19 KOs) will step in to face Michael Landero in a ten round flyweight bout.

Also on the card, a clash between two former world champions with Tomas Rojas (37-13-1, 25 KOs) facing Julio “Sombra” Zarate (28-5-2, 17 KOs) over ten rounds.

 

By Rafael Soto

 

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=50101

 

Fuentes To Face Landero on March 3, Then Ivan Calderon

WBO mini-flyweight champion Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6KOs) will make the first defense of his title on March 3rd in Tijuana, against Filipino contender Michael Landero (15-5-4, 5KOs). If all goes well, Fuentes will move forward to a showdown with former champion and Puerto Rican superstar Ivan Calderon (35-2-1, 6KOs) on April 28th.

“I’m thinking of a great future. I know I have the weapons and tools to work well and do a good job in the ring. I want to beat Landero and go forward against Ivan Calderon, the number one challenger,” said Fuentes

“I know I can make a lot of defenses at this weight. I want to make history, my dreams are big, and I have no fear.”

 

By Salvador Rodriguez

 

Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=49819

 

Jorge Arce: Do Not Count Me Out Against Nonito Donaire!

WBO bantamweight champion Jorge Arce (60-6, 46KOs) has warned the critics to avoid counting him out in a possible September clash against Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18KOs), the WBO’s champion at super bantamweight.

Arce expects to land an undercard position on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view, which takes place on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And then he anticipates a clash with Donaire in September.

“Right now we are taking it step by step, fight by fight. We’ll [move on] to June 9 and then face Nonito Donaire in September – because that’s the fight I want,” Arce said. “A lot of people are leaving me for dead with Donaire, but I have to remind you that [I was viewed in the same light] against Yo-Sam Choi, Hussein Hussein and Wilfredo Vazquez – and you saw how those fights played out.”

“Boxing is about styles and moments. I think Donaire will beat Toshiaki Nishioka if they fight, because [Donaire] is younger and faster. We have seen flaws in Donaire and he showed them in the fight with Vazquez in San Antonio, and that’s where we plan to attack.”

 

By Salvador Rodriguez

Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=49781

 

Juan Manuel Marquez-Cesar Cuenca For Vacant WBO Title?

If all goes as expected, Juan Manuel Marquez will return to the ring on April 21 undefeated Argentinean César Cuenca (42-0, 1KO) in Morelia, Chiapas or Cancun. A source indicates the possibility of a vacant WBO junior welterweight title being at stake, although it’s not exactly clear if the belt at stake will be the interim or the full title.

The current WBO champion, Timothy Bradley, will move up to the welterweight division to challenge the WBO champion at 147, Manny Pacquiao, on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cuenca is ranked at number 1 by the WBO at 140, and Marquez is the WBO champion at 135.

“All I know is that I’m fighting on April 21, but I don’t know the opponent or the opponent. But if [the opponent] is Cuenca, then I’ll have to look for him on Youtube, because honestly I don’t know him and I’ve never seen him fight,” Marquez said.

“Going by his record, I believe that he’ll be difficult, a good boxer and fast. If he’s ranked in the first position [by the WBO], he must have done something.”

Marquez expects to fight three times in 2012, including a fight in July and then another contest in the fall – which he hopes is a fourth meeting with Pacquiao.

 

By Salvador Rodriguez

Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=49604

 

Jorge Arce Accepts Nonito Donaire’s Challenge

MEXICAN Jorge Arce has accepted the challenge of World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight titleholder Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. that could possibly takes some time in May or June.

In response to Donaire’s challenge, the 31-year-old Arce (59-6-2 win-loss-draw card with 45 knockouts) also told the 29-year-old Filipino, who recently beat up Wilfredo Vazquez through a 12-round split decision that he’s not Manny Pacquiao.

“It’s a highly anticipated fight [against Donaire],” Arce, the present WBO bantamweight champion, told writer Salvador Rodriguez of boxingscene.com over the weekend. “The people are asking for it because Nonito beat Vazquez, the fighter I knocked out.”

Arce, who will fight on February 18 against Lorenzo Parra in a non-title bout in Mexico, said that he would put Donaire back where he really belongs. If Arce comes out victorious, he will immediately move up to the super bantamweight class to face Donaire.

“I’m not impressed with the way he fights. I have the style to beat him. He says he’s the best of the division and I just say that I’ll beat him. I will demonstrate that he’s not the monster that they say and not a successor to Pacquiao,” Arce told Rodriguez.

But Donaire (28-1 with 18 knockouts), who is now a four weight division champion from flyweight, super flyweight, bantam to super bantamweight, reiterated his claim that Arce won’t beat him.

 

Written by : JOSEF T. RAMOS

http://manilatimes.net/index.php/sports/top-sports-news/17042-jorge-arce-accepts-nonito-donaires-challenge

‘Juanma’ se prepara de la mano de Alexander Greaux

El triple medallista de oro centroamericano, Alexander Greaux, es la nueva arma secreta del ex campeón de las 126 libras, Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ López.

Greaux, ganador de tres medallas de oro en las últimas tres justas centroamericanas en el evento de los 3,000 metros con obstáculos, ha tomado el lugar del ahora ex entrenador de López, Víctor Martínez.

El cambio se produjo hace tres semanas y en un momento determinante en la carrera de López quien buscará vengar el próximo 3 de marzo en el Coliseo Roberto Clemente de Hato Rey, su única derrota cuando enfrente en revancha al campeón mexicano de las 126 libras de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Orlando Salido.

“ ‘Juanma’ se encuentra en un 85 por ciento de su preparación en estos momentos”, expresó el manejador del púgil, Orlando Piñero. “Se han hecho unos cambio donde se trajo a Alexander Greaux. No fue que sacó a uno para meter al otro, simplemente Víctor Martínez, el anterior entrenador, pues le va muy bien en los negocios y no tenía todo el tiempo para ‘Juanma’”, explicó.

López, que tiene marca de 30-1 y 28 nocáuts, sufrió en abril de 2011 su única derrota cuando fue vencido por nocáut técnico por Salido en una pelea en donde su condición física y enfoque quedaron altamente cuestionados.

“Además de Greaux también tenemos a Juan de Dios Rivera que es el otro que trabaja con ‘Juanma’”, sostuvo.

Piñero indicó que desde la entrada de Greaux ya se pueden ver los cambios en el físico del ex monarca.

“Esto ha sido un cambio bien positivo en la carrera de ‘Juanma’. Se ha trabajado mucho con la explosividad y también se detectó de que ‘Juanma’ tenía fatiga muscular producto de mucho trabajo con las pesas. También se le hicieron unos estudios de oxigenación de la sangre y de toxina. Todo esto ya ha provocado un cambio real en ‘Juanma’”, aseguró.

Una victoria de López sobre Salido le abriría al boricua las puertas hacia otros grandes combates en la división de las 126 libras.

“Ya aquí no hay que hablar mucho. Simplemente esperar para que todos vean a un ‘Juanma’distinto. Tiene que boxear y no desesperarse. Y lo que pasó en la pasada pelea no de debe volver a ocurrir”, apuntó.

 

Por Carlos Narváez Rosario, EL VOCERO

http://www.vocero.com/deports-es/%E2%80%98juanma%E2%80%99-se-prepara-de-la-mano-de-alexander-greaux

 

 

 

Jorge Arce Decides on Non-Title Ten Rounder For Feb. 18

Mexico’s Jorge “Travieso” Arce has finally made a decision to move forward with a ten-round fight, after being unable to lock down a title challenger for his upcoming fight on February 18th in Durango. Arce had planned to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title, but the sanctioning organization refused to approve several of his challenger selections – including Lorenzo Parra and Giovannu Andrade.

Arce tried to get Williams Prado (16-1), who happens to be ranked ninth in the world by the WBO, but no agreement was in sight. He will take a ten round tuneup on that date and wants to face the winner of next Saturday’s clash between Nonito Donaire and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.

 

By Miguel Rivera

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=48857

Orlando Salido Out To Prove JuanMa Win Was No Fluke

Usually when a rematch rolls around, it’s the losing fighter who has something to prove. Yet in the case of the March 10 sequel between Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel Lopez, it’s the reigning titlist who finds himself on the defensive.

“I shocked the world last year with my win, but when I do it again no one will be surprised,” said Salido.

The bout takes place at Coliseo Roberto Clemente, the same venue which hosted last April’s massive shocker, when Salido scored an 8th round stoppage over Lopez in a bout tabbed by Boxingscene as 2011’s Upset of the Year. Showtime – who aired their first fight – will televise the sequel on a show that will feature unbeaten Top 10 featherweight Miguel Angel Garcia in the co-feature.

Salido (37-11-2, 25KO) picked up a career-best win with the title-winning upset over Lopez, kicking off a 2011 campaign that saw the battle-tested Mexican score three knockout wins in as many fights.

The 31-year old – who turned pro at 15 and has been fighting as a pro for more than half of his life – has twice defended his belt. A July defense saw Salido stopping Kenichi Yamaguchi in 11 rounds, before beating Weng Haya in a December bout that saw the Mexican overcome two early knockdowns to rally back and stop his perceived tune-up opponent in eight rounds.

Despite the shaky moments in his most recent performance and having fought for 16 years, Salido still believes this latest run to be the start of pending greatness.

“I know I belong among the elite in the world at featherweight and look forward to been a world champion for a long time,” Salido insists.

Lopez (31-1, 28KO) will do everything in his power to disrupt that rhythm. The Boricua’s drawing power dictated the terms for both fights taking place in his native Puerto Rico.

However, drawing power and hometown advantage only carry you far. As Lopez has learned the hard way, not even an amateur pedigree such as his (member of the 2004 Puerto Rico Olympic boxing squad) nor past accolades (major titles in two weight classes) is guaranteed to help you get the job done. Somewhere along the way, you have to fight to earn your keep.

Lopez has fought just once since the Salido debacle, looking shaky but having enough in the tank to stop fringe contender Mike Oliver in two rounds last October. It wasn’t enough to convince anyone that the ‘JuanMa’ of old was on the way back, but perhaps just enough to sell the perception of the rematch being a 50/50 fight on paper.

Not even those odds are good enough for Salido, who is preparing for the best available version of Lopez, just as was the case in their first fight.

“He wants to reclaim his title run and I want to continue being champion,” Salido firmly stated during Tuesday’s presser. “I am going to demonstrate on March 10 that my victory last April was no fluke.”

 

By Jake Donovan

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=48809

Marquez: If No Pacquiao, I’ll Gladly Fight in Mexico City

WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39KOs) will gladly fight in Mexico City – if Manny Pacquiao turns him down for a fourth fight. Promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions is looking to stage a big show at a new venue in Mexico City on the tentative date of March 17th, with Marquez as the headline attraction.

Marquez is waiting for a final confirmation that he won’t be the selected opponent for Pacquiao in early June. Marquez, along with Miguel Cotto, Lamont Peterson and Timothy Bradley, are the four opponents in the running to face Pacquiao. The Filipino star has reportedly made his selection, but he won’t reveal his pick until the end of next week.

“I would gladly fight in the arena in Mexico City, which is what they are offering me, but I want to be guaranteed a fourth fight with Pacquiao,” Marquez said. “My promoter is waiting to get the last word on Pacquiao. I already submitted my terms.”

If Marquez fights in Mexico in March, David Diaz and Lamont Peterson are two of names being mentioned by Fernando Beltran as  possible opponents.

 

By Ernesto Castellanos, notifight.com

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=48564

Juan Manuel Marquez Return Eyed For March 17 in Mexico

 

If Manny Pacquiao takes a pass on a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39KOs), then the Mexican boxer may possibly headline a show on March 17th at a new venue in Mexico City, according to promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions. One possible opponent for the March fight is former lightweight champion David Diaz (36-4-1, 17KOs), who was once in the running to face Marquez in 2011.

“We would like the fight with Pacquiao, but if it doesn’t happen, then there is a strong possibility that he’ll fight in the new arena with a southpaw like David Diaz, so we kill two birds with one stone because [Marquez] fulfills his dream of fighting in Mexico City and he would fight a southpaw in preparation for a new fight with Pacquiao,” said Beltran.

 

Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=48437

Jorge Arce Looking For New Opponent, WBO Won’t Sanction Parra Rematch

Late last month, Jorge Arce and Lorenzo Parra put together a rematch for Arce’s WBO bantamweight title on February 18, with Arce looking to fight his third straight rematch (following second bouts with Simphiwe Nongqayi and Angky Angkotta). The fight was to take place in Mexico and was to serve as both a “stay-busy” fight for Arce, who intended to later move back up to 122 and challenge the winner of Nonito Donaire vs Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, and a chance to atone for a rather lousy performance from Arce in his first fight with Parra, a controversial draw from September 2010.

But the WBO has rejected the fight,, on the basis that Parra (31-3-1, 18 KO) isn’t in their top 15 at 118 pounds. according to Fightnews.com

Instead of running through any thoughts on who Arce may instead face, here’s the WBO’s top 15 as of December 2011: AJ Banal, Pungluang Sor Singyu, Paulus Ambunda, Dayer Gabutan, Marlon Tapales, Tomoki Kameda, William Prado, Joseph Agbeko, Rodolfo Hernandez, Sahib Usarov, Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas, Phumzile Matyhila, Immanuel Naidjala, Drian Francisco, Lee Haskins.

There are some interesting choices in there (Banal, Pungluang, Agbeko, Rosas), but none would seem likely to happen. It’ll be one of them, or maybe someone ranked at 115 or 112, or maybe he’ll make it a non-title fight and fight somebody else. Your guess is as good as mine, but the Parra fight is off

 

 BY: Scott Christ

http://www.badlefthook.com/2012/1/12/2702088/jorge-arce-next-fight-new-opponent-february-18-parra-rematch-rejected-wbo