Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and Jorge “Travieso” Arce share the same dream and goal: To be champion in four different divisions, something that so far no Mexican boxer has accomplished in all of history. The two Sinaloans from Los Mochis, along with hometown hero Omar “Businessman” Chavez highlight a great evening of boxing on September 18 will be held at the Dorados football stadium in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico and will be aired on TV all over Mexico on TV Azteca, as well as Fox Sports in the United States.
Soto (52-7, 32 KO) will defend his WBC lightweight title against Colombian Fidel Monterrosa (23-1, 18 KO), while “Travieso” Arce (55-6, 42 KO) meets Venezuelan Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra (31-2, 18 KO) in a WBO super bantamweight eliminator. Chavez (23-0, 16 KO) will fight a rematch with Rodrigo Juarez (15-11, 11 KO). Both gave a great effort last May in Tepic, Nayarit, where the “son of the legend” won a split decision.
The card billed as “Batalla por la Gloria” is part of the celebrations of the bicentennial of the independence of Mexico, and will be the third world title fight to be held in Culiacán. The previous bouts were Carlos Zarate against Phillip Waring Nakayama and Raúl “Jibaro” Perez vs Pepillo Valdez.
“I can say little about my opponent, but his record justifies that he’s a good fighter and obviously a dangerous challenger,” said Soto on Monterrosa. “But we’re prepared for everything, and I must confess that I have worked hard, and he will have to kill me to take the belt.”
Soto said that after this fight he will seek the super lightweight title as it represents the key to open the door to more interesting and better paid fights. Responding to a question about a possible fight with Manny Pacquiao, “Zorrita” said he’s always ready and willing to fight the best and strongest, but hasn’t been given the opportunity.
“Marquez and Erik Morales say they want a chance, well, here I am,” he stated. “I’ll fight with them whenever and wherever they want. This is business.”
Soto hopes to have better options in the next higher division, because he’ll feel stronger and have a better punch.
With his distinctive style, the popular “Travieso” Arce said not to worry about anything and he’s fully convinced he’ll win his fight.
“Parra is a great fighter, has quality and technique, but I’m having a great time. I want to win a fourth world title, as well as two other countrymen of mine (Soto and Fernando Montiel).” With all three hailing from Los Mochis, he says that’s insurance that a Sinaloan will be the first four division champion from Mexico.