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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Jorge Arce ends retirement

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Jorge Arce, the popular Mexican brawler who won world titles in four weight classes and an interim title in a fifth, is ending his retirement after less than a year on the sidelines.

Arce is coming out of retirement to face William Prado of Brazil in a scheduled 10-round featherweight bout in Veracruz, Mexico, on Nov. 16, Zanfer Promotions announced Tuesday.

Arce (61-7-2, 46 KOs) is just 34 but has had a career filled with action-packed slugfests in which he has taken enormous punishment.

"It took me a long time to analyze the situation," Arce said. "I feel that my body is still responding well and with the support of my family and my promoter [Zanfer's Fernando Beltran], I have decided to give it one more chance."

Arce has not fought since Dec. 15, when he was dropped three times in a devastating third-round knockout loss in a world title fight against then-junior featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Arce announced his retirement in the ring after the fight.

"My career is over. He is the best man," Arce said of his career and about his pal Donaire after the fight. "I have a family to take care of. I promised them I would leave the ring if I lost. He's very good. I am proud to have lost to the best. It fills me with honor.

"I will go home to watch the fighters on TV and to be a commentator."

But the pull of the ring was too much and Arce, who recently resumed training, announced he would fight again and pursue another world title.

Arce has won world titles at junior flyweight, junior bantamweight, bantamweight and junior featherweight, plus an interim title at flyweight.

He said he wants to pursue a featherweight world title and hopes to challenge one of his countrymen who hold 126-pound belts, either Jhonny Gonzalez or Orlando Salido.

The 29-year-old Prado (21-4-1, 14 KOs) is 2-3 in his last five bouts and coming off a third-round knockout loss on June 29 to England's Scott Quigg, who later claimed a junior featherweight world title.