Arce throws down an oversized gauntlet

Updated: March 15, 2008, 7:51 PM ET
By Kieran Mulvaney

Saturday, 4:45 p.m. ET -- Arce throws down an oversized gauntlet

While he was talking about Julio Chavez Jr., Bob Arum mentioned the youngster's continued growth; indeed, he looks much different from the skinny youngster, allegedly 18, who made his Las Vegas debut four years ago.

"Every time I see him, he gets bigger," said the promoter. "I told him, 'Get ready for [middleweight champ Kelly] Pavlik'", at which point he turned to pat Chavez on the shoulder. Except that Chavez was sitting on the other side of him, and the man he turned toward was in fact Jorge "Travieso" Arce, the former flyweight champ now campaigning as a bantamweight. Arce looked less than enthralled at the idea of fighting at 160 pounds, but he did rashly throw down the gauntlet to 122-pound champ Israel Vazquez.