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Jorge Arce
Real name Jorge Armando Arce Armenta
Nickname(s) El Travieso ("Mischievous Boy")
Rated at
  • Light flyweight
  • Flyweight
  • Super flyweight
  • Bantamweight
  • Super bantamweight
  • Featherweight
Height 5 ft 4+1/2 in
Reach 66 in
Born (1979-07-27) July 27, 1979 (age 44)
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 75
Wins 64
Wins by KO 49
Losses 8
Draws 2
No contests 1

Jorge Armando Arce Armenta (/ˈɑːrs/; born July 27, 1979), best known as Jorge Arce, is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2014. He is a multiple-time world champion, and the second boxer from Mexico to win world titles in four weight divisions (after Érik Morales, who first achieved the feat two months prior). In a storied career, Arce held the WBO light flyweight title from 1998 to 1999; the WBC and lineal light flyweight titles from 2002 to 2004; the WBO super flyweight title in 2010; the WBO junior featherweight title in 2011; and the WBO bantamweight title from 2011 to 2012. Additionally he held the WBC interim flyweight title from 2005 to 2006, the WBA interim super flyweight title from 2008 to 2009, and challenged once for the WBC featherweight title in his final fight in 2014.

Arce remains a favorite fighter among boxing fans and is also the older brother of title contender Francisco Arce Armenta. Arce's trademark ring entrance featured him wearing a black cowboy hat (earning him the nickname "The Mexican Cowboy") and sucking a cherry lollipop.

Professional career

Early years at light flyweight

Arce turned pro at the age of 16, winning his first four fights. He lost to future champion Omar Romero and drew with Gabriel Munoz in back-to-back fights in the summer of 1996, but then won 10 straight bouts and a pair of regional belts before losing on points to veteran (and future IBF Light Flyweight Champion) Jose Victor Burgos on December 12, 1997.

He recovered from that setback with four straight wins, earning his first world title shot on December 5, 1998 against Juan Domingo Córdoba for the WBO Light Flyweight title. Arce won the fight and became a world champion at the age of 19.

After making one successful defense of his title, Arce drew a big-money fight in Tijuana against three-time former champion Michael Carbajal on July 31, 1999. Arce was ahead on all three judges' scorecards after 10 rounds, but in the 11th, the veteran Carbajal connected with a stunning right hand and captured the crown via a technical knockout, as Arce was unable to continue.

After a four-month layoff, Arce returned to the ring and won a WBO regional belt as he scored 7 consecutive wins while working his way back up the rankings for another title shot. That came on October 20, 2001, when he defeated Juanito Rubillar for the Interim WBC version of the Light Flyweight title. Nine months later, he beat Yo-Sam Choi, the reigning Lineal and WBC light flyweight champion who had been out with an injury, to take full distinction. He held the title until the summer of 2005 before relinquishing it to move up in weight. In his first defense, he defeated Augustin Lara. In 2003, he successfully defended his title three times against Ernesto Castro, Lee Marvin Sandoval, and Melchor Cob Castro.

Towards the end of 2003, he participated in the Televisa version of Big Brother, the Big Brother V.I.P. show that put celebrities together. He arrived in third place, then went training for his next defense, against former world champion Joma Gamboa on January 10 of the following year. Arce invited his Big Brother celebrity friends to the fight with Gamboa, his first fight of 2004, which he won by a second-round knockout. But during and after the fight, chaos ensued. One of his friends, actress Arleth Gonzalez, was kicked off her chair by another person. And Verónica Castro was pursued by the press when she was trying to leave the fight site, taking her more than two hours to get to the site's parking lot.

On April 24, 2004, Arce successfully defended his title in a rematch against former champ Melchor Cob Castro in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Arce had beaten Castro in May 2003, but the fight was called off after six rounds due to a clash of heads which injured Arce. The fight went to the scorecards and Arce won a narrow, but controversial, decision. He left no doubt in the rematch, knocking Castro out in the fifth round.

On September 4 of that same year, he retained the title with a twelve-round decision in a rematch with Rubillar. The fight caused some controversy afterwards, when Rubillar's manager accused the fight's judges of robbing his fighter, going on to offer Arce 100,000 US$ for a rematch, which would be held in the Philippines.

Arce moved on to defend his title for a seventh time on December 18, defeating Juan Centeno by a third-round TKO. He then decided to try his luck in the flyweight (112-pound) weight division.


On March 19, 2005, Arce stopped Hussein Hussein in the 10th round of a fight for the right to challenge Pongsaklek Wonjongkam for his WBC Flyweight title. He later relinquished his light flyweight crown and was matched by the WBC with Angel Priolo on July 30 for their interim title after Wonjongkam suffered an injury. Arce scored a third-round TKO win in the fight, held in La Paz, Mexico.

While waiting to fight Wongjongkam, Arce stayed busy by rematching Hussein on October 8 in Las Vegas. He retained his Interim WBC title with a second-round knockout.

On December 16, 2005, Arce defeated former two-time champion Adonis Rivas by 10th round tko. In his next bout, Arce defeated Rivas in a rematch.

On April 8, 2006, Arce took on the well regarded, former WBA Minimumweight and Light Flyweight Champion Rosendo Alvarez of Nicaragua, knocking Alvarez out in the sixth round. It was the 4th successful defense of his Interim Flyweight title.

Super flyweight

On September 23, 2006, he moved up to the super flyweight division where he defeated former Light Flyweight Champion Masibulele "Hawk" Makepula by fourth-round knockout (which, according to the HBO commentators, he had predicted earlier). On January 27, 2007, he defeated Argentinian Julio Ler in a 12-round decision, thus earning the WBC #1 super-flyweight ranking.

On April 14, 2007, he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to WBC Super Flyweight Champion Cristian Mijares in San Antonio, Texas. Mijares won the fight by a wide margin, with the official judges scoring the match 119–109, 118–110, 117–111, all in favor of Mijares.

Arce rebounded from the loss by defeating future champion Tomás Rojas by 6th-round technical knockout. On December 1, 2007, Arce defeated former Flyweight Champion Medgoen Singsurat by technical knockout in the first round.

On May 17, 2008, in a very close fight, Arce (49–4–1, 37 KOs) edged Devid Lookmahanak of Thailand (18–2, 9 KOs) with a majority decision in the main event at the Plaza Monumental Aguascalientes in Aguascalientes, Mexico. With a sold-out crowd of 18,000 fans cheering him on, Arce had to dig deep and work hard to pull past the once-beaten Lookmahanak, who turned out to be a very game southpaw and rarely took a step back. The difference in the fight, which also gave Arce the win, was a knockdown in the seventh round. The scores were 115–113, 115–114 and 114–114. Without the extra point for the knockdown, the fight would have been scored a draw. The bout was an eliminator for a shot at the WBC Super Flyweight title. Arce moves on to a rematch with Cristian Mijares, who earlier captured the WBA's version of the title with a points win over Alexander Muñoz.

On September 15, 2008, Arce won the Interim WBA Super Flyweight title from holder Rafael Concepción.

Arce blasted former champion Isidro García, on November 1, 2008, via (48 seconds of the) 4th round technical knockout for a super flyweight belt. He improved to 51–4–1, with 38 wins inside the distance, while Garcia, who has lost 3 of his last 4 fights, was down to 25–6–2.

On February 7, 2009, Arce was defeated by Undisputed Super Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan.

Arce fought Simphiwe Nongqayi on September 15, 2009 for the IBF Super Flyweight title which was recently vacated by Darchinyan. However, he ended losing by unanimous decision.

Arce defeated Indonesian Angky Angkota on January 30, 2010, winning the vacant WBO Super Flyweight title. Prior to the bout, Arce stated that he would retire from boxing if he would have lost.


On April 24, 2010, Arce jumped to the bantamweight division to fight fellow Mexican Cecilio Santos (24–13–3; 14 KO) at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. Arce defeated his opponent by KO in the 7th round, improving his record to 54–6–1. This was not his first fight as a bantamweight: he already fought once in the weight class in 2007.

Arce was scheduled to fight Eric Morel (42–2; 21 KO) of Puerto Rico on June 26, 2010 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, United States with the Interim WBO Bantamweight title at stake. The Los Mochis native withdrew from the fight a few weeks in advance due to a cut he received while in training.

In his next fight, on July 31, 2010, Arce took on fellow Mexican and former champion Martín "El Gallo" Castillo at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The Los Mochis native won the bout by KO in the first round.

Super bantamweight

On May 7, 2011, as a heavy underdog, he beat a then undefeated WBO Super Bantamweight Champion, Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Puerto Rico by twelfth-round technical knockout. He avenged his prior loss to former champion Simphiwe Nongqayi in defense of his title.


Arce moved down to the bantamweight division to face Angky Angkotta in a rematch for the vacant WBO bantamweight title. He defeated Angkotta by unanimous decision.

Return to super bantamweight

On February 18, 2012, he defeated former champion Lorenzo Parra. In his next fight, he faced future featherweight title holder Jesus Rojas. Arce dropped Rojas in the opening round, however, the fight ended in a no-contest in the 2nd round after Rojas delivered a series of fowls rendering Arce unable to continue.

He then moved up to the featherweight division and defeated former champion Mauricio Martínez.

On December 15, 2012, Arce fought WBO Super Bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire. He suffered a defeat on the third round via knockout. After losing to Donaire, Arce announced his retirement.


Arce announced his return to the ring a year later in the featherweight division. After scoring three consecutive wins, he challenged WBC World Featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez, however, he was defeated by 11th round TKO. He retired after the bout.

Life outside of boxing

Arce has gained some popularity outside the ring as well, acting in various Televisa comedy sketches, and participating in Adal Ramones's show's dancing contest, "Bailando por un Sueño", where he and a fellow contestant arrived in eighth place out of nine couples. He has also done boxing commentary for TV Azteca.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
75 fights 64 wins 8 losses
By knockout 49 5
By decision 15 3
Draws 2
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
75 Loss 64–8–2 (1) Jhonny González TKO 11 (12), 2:43 Oct 4, 2014 Gimnasio Polifuncional, Los Mochis, Mexico For WBC featherweight title
74 Win 64–7–2 (1) Jorge Lacierva TKO 8 (10) Jun 14, 2014 Arena Metropolitana Jorge Cuesy Serrano, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico
73 Win 63–7–2 (1) Aldimar Silva TKO 5 (10), 0:41 Mar 8, 2014 Domo de la Macroplaza, Nogales, Mexico
72 Win 62–7–2 (1) Jose Carmona KO 8 (10) Nov 16, 2013 El Domo, San Luis Potosí City, Mexico
71 Loss 61–7–2 (1) Nonito Donaire TKO 3 (12), 2:59 Dec 15, 2012 Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S. For WBO and The Ring junior featherweight titles
70 Win 61–6–2 (1) Mauricio Martinez UD 10 Sep 22, 2012 Gimnasio Polifuncional, Los Mochis, Mexico
69 NC 60–6–2 (1) Jesus Rojas NC 2 (10) 0:09 Jun 9, 2012 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. NC after Arce could not continue from an accidental foul
68 Win 60–6–2 Lorenzo Parra KO 5 (10) 1:50 Feb 18, 2012 Feria Nacional, Durango City, Mexico
67 Win 59–6–2 Angky Angkotta UD 12 Nov 26, 2011 Plaza de Toros Rea, Mazatlán, Mexico Won vacant WBO bantamweight title
66 Win 58–6–2 Simphiwe Nongqayi TKO 4 (12), 2:01 Sep 24, 2011 Foro PromoCasa, Mexicali, Mexico Retained WBO junior featherweight title
65 Win 57–6–2 Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. TKO 12 (12), 0:55 May 7, 2011 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO junior featherweight title
64 Win 56–6–2 Adolfo Ramos TKO 1 (10), 2:06 Dec 18, 2010 Estadio de Sóftbol "20 de Noviembre", Campeche City, Mexico
63 Draw 55–6–2 Lorenzo Parra SD 10 Sep 18, 2010 Estadio Banorte, Culiacán, Mexico
62 Win 55–6–1 Martín Castillo KO 1 (10), 2:56 Jul 31, 2010 Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Mexico
61 Win 54–6–1 Cecilio Santos KO 7 (10), 0:58 Apr 24, 2010 Centro de Usos Múltiples, Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
60 Win 53–6–1 Angky Angkotta TD 7 (12), 1:34 Jan 30, 2010 Restaurante Arroyo, Mexico City, Mexico Won vacant WBO super flyweight title;
Unanimous TD after Angkotta was cut from an accidental head clash
59 Loss 52–6–1 Simphiwe Nongqayi UD 12 Sep 15, 2009 Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Mexico For vacant IBF super flyweight title
58 Win 52–5–1 Fernando Lumacad KO 3 (12), 0:35 Jun 27, 2009 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant IBF International super flyweight title
57 Loss 51–5–1 Vic Darchinyan RTD 11 (12), 3:00 Feb 7, 2009 Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S. For WBA (Super), WBC, and IBF super flyweight titles
56 Win 51–4–1 Isidro García TKO 4 (12), 0:48 Nov 1, 2008 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA interim super flyweight title
55 Win 50–4–1 Rafael Concepción RTD 9 (12), 3:00 Sep 15, 2008 Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico Won WBA interim super flyweight title
54 Win 49–4–1 Devid Lookmahanak MD 12 May 7, 2008 Plaza de Toros Monumental, Aguascalientes, Mexico
53 Win 48–4–1 Medgoen Singsurat TKO 1 (12), 0:47 Dec 1, 2007 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. Retained WBC Latino bantamweight title
52 Win 47–4–1 Tomás Rojas TKO 6 (12), 1:00 Sep 16, 2007 The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBC Latino bantamweight title
51 Loss 46–4–1 Cristian Mijares UD 12 Apr 14, 2007 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. For WBC super flyweight title
50 Win 46–3–1 Julio David Roque Ler UD 12 Jan 27, 2007 Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.
49 Win 45–3–1 Masibulele Makepula TKO 4 (12), 1:00 Sep 23, 2006 Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.
48 Win 44–3–1 Rosendo Álvarez TKO 6 (12), 1:54 Apr 8, 2006 Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC interim flyweight title
47 Win 43–3–1 Adonis Rivas RTD 6 (12), 3:00 Jan 28, 2006 Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Mexico Retained WBC interim flyweight title
46 Win 42–3–1 Adonis Rivas TKO 10 (12), 1:20 Dec 16, 2005 Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico Retained WBC interim flyweight title
45 Win 41–3–1 Hussein Hussein TKO 2 (12), 2:50 Oct 8, 2005 Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC interim flyweight title
44 Win 40–3–1 Angel Antonio Priolo TKO 3 (12), 2:45 Jul 30, 2005 Estadio Arturo C. Nahl, La Paz, Mexico Won vacant WBC interim flyweight title
43 Win 39–3–1 Hussein Hussein TKO 10 (12), 2:07 Mar 19, 2005 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
42 Win 38–3–1 Juan Francisco Centeno TKO 3 (12), 2:48 Dec 18, 2004 Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Culiacán, Mexico Retained WBC light flyweight title
41 Win 37–3–1 Juanito Rubillar UD 12 Sep 4, 2004 Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Mexico Retained WBC light flyweight title
40 Win 36–3–1 Melchor Cob Castro KO 5 (12), 1:57 Apr 24, 2004 Palenque de Gallos, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico Retained WBC light flyweight title
39 Win 35–3–1 Joma Gamboa KO 2 (12), 1:38 Jan 10, 2004 Centro Banamex, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC light flyweight title
38 Win 34–3–1 Melchor Cob Castro TD 6 (12), 3:00 May 3, 2003 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC light flyweight title;
Unanimous TD after Arce was cut from an accidental head clash
37 Win 33–3–1 Lee Marvin Sandoval TKO 2 (10), 2:43 Mar 21, 2003 Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
36 Win 32–3–1 Ernesto Castro KO 1 (12), 1:40 Feb 22, 2003 Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC light flyweight title
35 Win 31–3–1 Agustin Luna TKO 3 (12), 2:13 Nov 16, 2002 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC light flyweight title
34 Win 30–3–1 Choi Yo-sam TKO 6 (12), 1:21 Jul 6, 2002 Olympic Fencing Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea Won WBC light flyweight title
33 Win 29–3–1 Ramon Jose Hurtado KO 2 (10), 1:00 Jun 7, 2002 Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
32 Win 28–3–1 Juanito Rubillar UD 12 Oct 20, 2001 Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico Won vacant WBC interim light flyweight title
31 Win 27–3–1 Juan Jose Beltran TKO 3 (10), 0:57 Feb 2, 2001 Jai Alai Fronton, Tijuana, Mexico
30 Win 26–3–1 Carmelo Caceres KO 2 (12) Dec 8, 2000 Los Mochis, Mexico Retained WBC Youth light flyweight title
29 Win 25–3–1 Jovan Presbitero TKO 3 (10) Oct 21, 2000 Salón 21, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC Youth light flyweight title
28 Win 24–3–1 Alfredo Virgen TKO 5 (10), 0:36 Oct 1, 2000 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
27 Win 23–3–1 Emilio Palacios KO 1 (10) Jul 7, 2000 Palenque de Gallos, Villahermosa, Mexico
26 Win 22–3–1 Juan Javier Lagos UD 10 Apr 7, 2000 Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico Won vacant WBC Youth light flyweight title
25 Win 21–3–1 Ladislao Vazquez MD 12 Nov 29, 1999 Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico Retained WBO–NABO light flyweight title
24 Loss 20–3–1 Michael Carbajal TKO 11 (12), 1:53 Jul 31, 1999 Bullring by the Sea, Tijuana, Mexico Lost WBO light flyweight title
23 Win 20–2–1 Salvatore Fanni TKO 6 (12), 1:17 Apr 17, 1999 Palasport Roberta Serradimigni, Sassari, Italy Retained WBO light flyweight title
22 Win 19–2–1 Juan Domingo Córdoba UD 12 Dec 5, 1998 Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico Won WBO light flyweight title
21 Win 18–2–1 Jose de Jesus Gomez KO 1 Oct 10, 1998 Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico
20 Win 17–2–1 Ruben Contreras KO 7 (10), 0:40 Jun 5, 1998 Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico
19 Win 16–2–1 Miguel Martinez KO 2 Apr 3, 1998 Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico
18 Win 15–2–1 Miguel Martinez UD 12 Feb 6, 1998 Tijuana, Mexico Won vacant WBO–NABO light flyweight title
17 Loss 14–2–1 Víctor Burgos PTS 12 Dec 12, 1997 Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico Lost WBA Fedecentro light flyweight title
16 Win 14–1–1 Leonardo Gutierrez PTS 12 Nov 12, 1997 Tijuana, Mexico Won vacant WBA Fedecentro light flyweight title
15 Win 13–1–1 Lorenzo Trejo UD 12 Jul 21, 1997 Grand Hotel, Tijuana, Mexico Won vacant Mexican Pacific Coast light flyweight title
14 Win 12–1–1 Pablo Tiznado PTS 10 May 26, 1997 Tijuana, Mexico
13 Win 11–1–1 Ruben Arteaga TKO 2 Apr 21, 1997 Tijuana, Mexico
12 Win 10–1–1 Indalecio Valenzuela TKO 2 Feb 21, 1997 Tijuana, Mexico
11 Win 9–1–1 Narciso Perez KO 1 Feb 3, 1997 Tijuana, Mexico
10 Win 8–1–1 Ruben Romero KO 2 Dec 20, 1996 Ensenada, Mexico
9 Win 7–1–1 Marcos Hiedra KO 1 Dec 9, 1996 Tijuana, Mexico
8 Win 6–1–1 Armando Correa TKO 2 Nov 29, 1996 Tijuana, Mexico
7 Win 5–1–1 Mauricio Morales TKO 3 Nov 4, 1996 Tijuana, Mexico
6 Draw 4–1–1 Gabriel Munoz PTS 4 Sep 9, 1996 Tijuana, Mexico
5 Loss 4–1 Omar Niño Romero TKO 1 Jun 21, 1996 Guadalajara, Mexico
4 Win 4–0 Mario Enriquez TKO 1 May 19, 1996 Tijuana, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Dano Diaz KO 1 (4) Apr 26, 1996 El Estadio de Béisbol del Ferrocarril, Mexicali, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 Jose Santos TKO 1 Mar 18, 1996 Tijuana, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Adan Aldama KO 1 (4) Jan 19, 1996 Tijuana, Mexico

Exhibition boxing record

Professional record summary
0 fights 0 wins 0 losses
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
3 N/A 0–0 (3) Julio César Chávez N/A 4 Sep 25, 2020 Grand Hotel Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico Non-scored bout
2 N/A 0–0 (2) Julio César Chávez N/A 3 Feb 28, 2020 Hermosillo Multipurpose Center, Hermosillo, Mexico Non-scored bout
1 N/A 0–0 (1) Julio César Chávez N/A 3 Nov 22, 2019 Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico Non-scored bout

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Jorge Arce para niños

  • List of world light-flyweight boxing champions
  • List of world super-flyweight boxing champions
  • List of world bantamweight boxing champions
  • List of world super-bantamweight boxing champions
  • List of boxing quadruple champions
  • List of Mexican boxing world champions
  • Notable boxing families
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