Promises a knockout victory over Darchinyan
Interview by Felipe Leon
Photos by Chris Cozzone / Fightwireimages.com
Since the announcement of the mega fight between WBA interim super flyweight champion Jorge "Travieso" Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) and undisputed 115-pound king Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KsO), most of the verbal barbs have been delivered, non surprisingly, by the latter. Arce, for the most part, has been taking the high road, not sharing his now-famous, eloquent counter attacks for Darchinyan's insults and boasts.
"I just know that I am going to kayo Darchinyan,” says Arce. “I am going to make him into dust, I am going to tear him apart. I haven't said much because he is the champion and he should sell the fight.
“Before, when I was talking about Mijares, it was because he was trying to pass himself off to the public as very humble and educated, but the truth is that he is arrogant, I was trying to sell the fight because he wasn't.”
Arce does not stop with his past and future opponents, but also goes after those who say that the "Raging Bull" is at his peak, while Arce is rapidly sliding down the other side of the mountain.
"I am going to make them retract what they have been saying,” says Arce. “Everybody thinks they know boxing, that they can talk about your career. People talk because they have a mouth, they think they know what they are talking about but after this fight, they will regret saying that I am finished.
“I am not finished and I will prove it with this fight."
Arce, 29, states with conviction from the mountains of Temoaya, Mexico, about an hour car ride south from Mexico City, where he is preparing for his Feb. 7 challenge for the WBA, WBA and IBF straps at The Pond in Anaheim, Calif., broadcast by Showtime.
"I am super motivated for this fight. Since my loss to Mijares, my opponents have not brought out the best of me, I have not been as focused as I have been for this fight. I always train at one hundred percent but for this one I am going to one hundred and fifteen. If my trainer asks me to run forty five minutes, I run for an hour and fifteen minutes. If he asks me to spar twelve rounds, I do fourteen.
“I am in great condition physically and mentality which for me has always been a big part of my success."
After working with Margarito's trainer, Javier Capetillo, in the Los Angeles area for many of his most recent bouts, Arce is back with Tiburcio Garcia.
"I fractured my hand versus Rafael Concepcion and the doctor who has always treated me is near here in Toluca,” says Arce. “So I decided to do my camp here, plus Capetillo couldn't come because he is with Margarito. But I don't discard the idea of working with him again in the future."
Along with the physical preparation, Arce, who hails from the boxing hotbed of Los Mochis, Mexico, stresses that no detail is being overlooked and that a sound strategy is being prepared.
"I am working with lefties,” he says. “I know that in the past I have had problems with them, such as it was with Tomas Rojas. And I didn't look my best with Lookmahanak, but his was a different case. That was a big error made by my team because they didn't tell me that he was a southpaw. I didn't find out until I saw him do glove work three days before the fight.
“I am working on my angles, on my stance versus a southpaw. I have all of Darchinyan's fights and I have noticed a lot of technical deficiencies. He is basically a fighter who uses only one hand and I am going to take advantage of that."
Despite that they share two past opponents with very different results against them, the fact that "Travieso" has lost to, both, Cristian Mijares and Victor Burgos, while Darchinyan, of Armenia, by way of Sydney, Australia, has knocked them both out, does not faze the interim WBA super flyweight champ.
“All fighters go thru stages,” says Arce. “First off, I don't think that Burgos beat me. Burgos didn't want to give me the rematch and when I fought Mijares, I was going through a different stage. I was getting married, I was in love and I wasn't focused. For Darchinyan to think that the way those two fights ended for me … that is a big mistake.
"Mijares was overconfident when he fought Darchinyan. You could see it on his face. He looked different. But I think that when he felt that uppercut that Darchinyan hit him in the first round, he got scared. He thought that because he had beat me, that he could beat anybody and it backfired. Darchinyan better not make the same mistake because I have something that Mijares doesn't and that is power—power that I have carried to super flyweight.
“Mijares doesn't hit hard. He can't even knock out his grandmother, but once I hit Darchinyan with a left hook to the jaw, he is going to learn to respect me."
Darchinyan has gone on record to call himself the "Mexican Killer.” Its’ a nickname that does not please the proud Arce.
"I don't really care what he calls himself or what he says,” says Arce. “I know that punch by punch I will make him eat his words. We are going to see who is the bigger man on the night of February 7th. I think that he was very disrespectful towards Burgos after their fight. [Note: After suffering a coma in his fight against Darchinyan, Burgos was forced to retire.]
“Boxing is a beautiful sport and you should respect your opponent. He never showed remorse for what happened and never visited Burgos in the hospital. I think he needs to learn to be a better person."
Not only is Arce motivated by Darchinyan's verbal attacksm but also by the words of former three-time division champion Erik Morales who publicly criticized Arce for calling himself a multi-weight class belt holder after winning the Interim WBA super flyweight title with his defeat of Rafael Concepcion in September of last year.
"Once I defeat Darchinyan, I will have those three belts around my waist and that motivates me to be able to call out Morales on his comments that but still he shouldn't talk, he should just stop eating hamburgers because he is too fat.
“I wasn't bothered when Fernando Beltran countered some of the comments that Darchinyan recently made on Fightnews. I actually was very pleased—he is my promoter and he should defend me. Plus, what he said was true—Darchinyan does not have a fan base and he didn't get up from the canvas when he was dropped by Donaire. I have visited the canvas too, but I get up every time and I think that is going to be the difference in this fight.
“I am considering this the biggest fight of my career. The one that can make the biggest impact on my career. I am very focused and I want the fans to be ensured that they are going to see the best ‘Travieso’ there is, like the one that defeated Hussein Hussein. I want them to see that when I am prepared at more than 100%, I am unstoppable. This fight means a lot to me especially because it is against Darchinyan. He needs to respect Mexico and I am going to show him how to do that. This is my last fight in this weight class, I am leaving the division and I am going to bantamweight and, eventually, super bantamweight. I want Israel Vasquez.
"I am very happy and proud to fight in front of my fans in Los Angeles. I want to put the name of Mexico in a high place. I haven't decided how I am going to do my ring entrance, but they can expect something different, maybe I'll go in a helicopter. Once in the ring I'm going to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.
"This is the fight of my life and only dead will I leave that ring without those three belts. The fans in the venue or on TV better not blink or turn their heads because I don't want them to miss when I knock out Darchinyan."