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Arce-Santos presser

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One of the dreams of three time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce was to fight in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, a city that has always embraced boxing and where the great Julio Cesar Chavez was born, before moving to Culiacan as a child. “Fighting in Ciudad Obregon is something that I’ve always dreamed of doing while I was a young boxer coming up. To me it’s one the best boxing towns in all of Mexico and has a great tradition of boxing. They had some very good fights here in the past including some with their native son Julio Cesar Chavez,” said Arce, today during the final press conference leading up to his fight this Saturday.

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Arce (53-6-1, 40 KOs) of nearby Los Mochis, Sinaloa, will take on two-time world title challenger Cecilio Santos (24-13-3, 14 KOs) of Mexico City in the 10 round bantamweight main event of another edition of “Top Rank Live” to be telecast by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Espanol from the Multi Use Center of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora.

“I will give the fans the best possible fight and one that will entertain them as well. I waited a long time to fight here and will not disappoint the great fans,” said Arce, the current WBO super flyweight world champion.

It figures to be a packed house for one of the most popular and charismatic fighters in the world as he gets to the end of his great career.

“I have come to retire Jorge Arce. I will give him such a beating that he will not want to fight again. Arce style is perfect for mine. I have fought some very good fighters in my career and I will not be intimidated by him or the crowd that I’m sure will be there to cheer for him,” said Santos.

In the co-feature bout of the evening undefeated prospect Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran (22-0, 15 KOs) of Los Mochis will take on tough guy Jocksan Hernandez (17-2, 10 KOs) of Ensenada, Mexico in a 10 round featherweight bout that figures to be a war. “I come to get this win and give Beltran his first loss. I expect a difficult fight, but I also know that I have the skills to beat him”, said Hernandez.

Also on the card will be Alonzo “Finito” Lopez (3-0, 2 KOs) of Mexico City and the son of boxing great Ricardo “Finito” Lopez. “I’m just starting my career and look forward to giving a good account of myself on Saturday night,” said Lopez who is here with his trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, who also trained his father into one the best fighters in the world.

The weigh-in is scheduled for Friday morning at 11:00 local time.




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