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Donaire fighting a damaged foe in Arce


BOXING researcher Teddy Reynoso was so bothered when he learned that a Nonito Donaire Jr.-Jorge Arce fight had been slated for Dec. 15, barely two months after Nonito’s last fight with Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan and even before his bloodied knuckles have time to fully heal.

“It’s ridiculous how the multi-division Filipino Flash has been groveling for a fight against ex-champ Arce,” he said.

“While Arce is a certified ring-pleaser and crowd-drawer, he has been beaten among others by Vic Darchinyan, who was knocked out by Nonito years ago when he was just starting to be recognized here in his country, and by Christian Mijares, who in turn had been knocked out by Darchinyan.”

“Mijares defeated Arce by unanimous decision, the numbers lopsidedly in favor of Mijares.”

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Teddy said Nonito should act like the top man of the 122-lb category and not like a beggar who’s running after a damaged foe like Arce “because that’s what he is—a has-been crowd-drawer who’s now damaged goods.”

Based on the most recent ring surveys, the boxing researcher said Nonito should be angling for a fight with the winner of the Abner Mares-Anselmo Moreno match, or with Cuban ace Guillermo Rigondeaux, “to fully establish himself.”

In fairness to Nonito, I remember he mentioned three names that he must “pass” before he can move up to a higher weight division. Two of the names were Mares and Rigondeaux. I don’t recall the name of the third. It could have been Moreno.

By “pass,” Nonito meant that will have to fight the three—and beat them.

Also, it wasn’t Nonito who sought out this fight with Arce.  Nonito himself announced in a presscon during his recent visit to Manila to promote his Visayan movie, that it was Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who had arranged this fight—his fourth this year.

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Because this fight is too close to Nonito’s last bout versus Nishioka and because his badly injured knuckles are not expected to be  fully healed and fight-ready by Dec. 15,  Donaire promoter Bob Arum has been getting the flak.

In a press conference in the US,  Arum explained that he had to set this fight with Arce in mid-December because he was aiming for the Fighter of the Year award for Nonito.

The recipient of the coveted  award will be chosen by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

That is why Nonito has to dish out a sterling victory over Arce, Arum said.

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  • Stefan Yu

    Damaged Man o Hindi !!!

    Mas papanoorin  ko ito kesa sa laban ni manny kay marquez.

    at least dito walang takbuhan


    Oh man, this is not a wayside novel, no?

  • darsmith

    beth celis ought to be a showbiz writer.  boxing researcher my foot!! even boy abunda can be regarded as a boxing researcher by celis

  • Glenn Razon

    donaire maybe you’ll get the fighter of the year award when you fight arce,but think about ur future man, rest ur injured hand.ur young u can get that fighter of the year maybe next year or coming years. ur talent is nothing when u got injured badly… fighting with arce is a war… think bout it man.

  • junteddy m

    Teddy Reynoso who??? What the hell is a boxing researcher?? Arce a damaged foe? do your research stup!d!

  • Leonardo L Torres

    a damaged good like cotto who fought pacquiao? and after a damaged good has been demolished by pacquiao, cotto fought gallantly against arguably the most gifted boxer of today, floyd? some people went wrong with their predictions most of the times by using the triangle theory. it does not mean cotto defeated mosley and margarito demolished cotto, we were sure that margarito will annihilate mosley. because we all knew what happened and it was the other way around! peope are quick to judge a fighter with his recent poor performance. but do often forget that these fighters are human and not a machine. they have loads of intangible assets and can change theirselves in one night and surprise everyone. that’s why we have the word ‘upset’. after all what i’ve said, i also believe nonito is gonna demolish arce.not because he’s a damaged good. but because his stye is tailored fit for donaire! and wherever and whenever(the fight is in mexico and arce is still in his very prime), nonito will still send arce to the canvass! but for arce having a warrior’s heart, you have to keep the word ‘upset’ in your mind!

  • Jer

     I agree w/ all. Seems like Teddy Reynoso has some “personal” issues w/ Nonito or is just a typical CRAB. This will be his 4th fight this year, he can fight who ever he wants right now. He already said he’d fight Rod & Mares after.
    Geez these Pinoy Crabs

  • Ramon Antolin

    How can you say that Arce is already a damaged foe? He has beaten Vargas by TKO while Nonito won by a mere SD! He can fight those you mentioned sometime! He can’t do that at one time but one by one ok? This is a money fight & Top Rank is leaning on the crowd drawing capability of Arce! Boxing is business you must understand that!

  • Andre Ammuyutan

    Wake up and smell the coffee, Mr. Reynoso. Even pound-for-pound top boxers have to make a living, or at least allowed to cash in their fame. Boxing is sports and business alike. Remove the business part and you are left with mediocre fighters. Remember also that the best boxers in pugilism history have fought bums in between. 

  • Manny Ucat

    Fool. You are not the fighter will climb to the ring.

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