Early morning in the cold mountains of the “Valley of Mexico” and Jorge Travieso is doing his running. A little after six in the morning and the veteran fighter is running through the “Bosque of Tlalpan” in the South side of Mexico City. That’s how the longtime Mexican star Arce begins 2010 in what he figures will be the last year of his professional boxing career as he looks forward to his title fight against Angky Angkota on Saturday, January 30 in Toluca, a fight that will be televised by Fox Sports Español as part of the new boxing series “Top Rank Live”. Arce (52-6-1, 40 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico will take on Angkota (23-4, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBO super flyweight championship.
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“I have put together a very good team for this fight. Nacho Beristain will again be my trainer, but this time we have added Tiburcio Garcia into the mix to help me in the conditioning aspect of the game. Garcia and I go way back and he was part of my most successful run as a professional and he will assist Beristain,” said Arce a three-time world champion.
After nearly a month of training in Mexico City, Arce knows that he is getting to the end of his great professional career.
“The decision has already been made. I will fight for this world title and win or lose this will be my last year in professional boxing. I would like to fight twice more after this, a farewell fight in Mexico City or Tijuana and one more in Las Vegas, hopefully as a champion,” said Arce.
“I’m very happy with Tiburcio and Nacho, they are making me work very hard and I feel very motivated for this fight. It’s a great opportunity for me to go out on top and it would be great to be a world champion one more time before I hang them up for good,” said Arce a former 108 WBO and WBC champ, as well as 112 WBC interim champ and 115 WBA interim champion.
“I have always tried to give the fans the best fight possible. For me it has not always been about winning, but about giving the fans a fight they will remember for a long time,” said Arce, one of the most popular fighters in the world over the last 10 years.
Arce made his debut at 16 years of age in Tijuana in 1996 and was a world champion by 21. But he has lost two of his last three fights.
“I had a good run and its time for me to go, but not before I give the fans one more great fight. I feel good and I want to leave the game on my own terms,” said Arce.
Angkota known as the “Time Bomb” for his explosiveness is 28-years-old and from Indonesia.
“Angkota is a good tough fighter and it should be a good fight. If he comes to fight and you know I always do, it should be a very entertaining fight,” said Arce
“Top Rank Live” is a new boxing series that will be televised by Fox Sports Espanol three times a month and on FSN, once a month.