In just his first day of sparring sessions, triple world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (54-6-1, 41 KOs) was cut on his right eyebrow and according to the medical diagnosis it will be practically impossible for him to be ready to fight on June 26 in San Antonio, Texas against WBO bantamweight champion Eric Morel. During an exchange of blows with sparring partner Luis Jorge Lugo, Arce took a left hook and immediately started to bleed just below his right eyebrow and quickly stopped the action. Arce was preparing in the Montiel Gym in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico in preparation to challenge for a world title in a fourth weight division.
The 30-year-old Arce was checked by trainer Manuel Montiel, who temporarily stopped the bleeding. Arce went to see Dr. Ariel Baldenegro who diagnosed a cut three inches deep, which required stitches. He recommended rest for two to three weeks to fully heal the injury.
“I feel very frustrated and disappointed by this accident in the gym,” said Arce, who added that he doesn’t blame his sparring partner Luis Lugo because he was simply doing his job and caught him squarely with a left hook.
“When I received the blow, even with a face shield, I felt immediately that a cut had opened,” continued Arce. “This is very unfortunate, but these are things that happen in training. You never know what will happen. The doctor told me I can’t do sparring for two to three weeks and it’s logically impossible to make up the time for the June 26 date. Hopefully my company can reschedule the fight with Morel, because I know that against the Puerto Rican I have every chance to win my fourth belt.”
In his most recent fight, on April 24 in Ciudad Obregon against Cecilio Santos, Arce was cut in the same place on his right eyebrow. He said he’ll be ready to resume training as soon as the doctor gives him the green light.