Jorge Arce-Vic Darchinyan: the “Mexican Cowboy” vs. a “Raging Bull”?

Joe NixonCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2009

Jorge Arce-Vic Darchinyan: Can the “Mexican Cowboy” tame a “Raging Bull”?

by Joe Nixion

Jorge Arce is a man who loves two things: brawling and cherry lollipops. Unfortunately for the man they call the “Mexican Cowboy,” there is no way to sugarcoat the truth about his next fight. Vic Darchinyan presents the strongest test to Arce's career to date.

It is true that Arce has faced unorthodox Australian punchers before and defeated them. In 2005, Arce twice faced Hussein Hussein, who  was at the time trained by the legendary Australian fighter Jeff Fenech. Vic Darchinyan was also at one point training under Jeff Fenech.

Though Arce was tested by Hussein, Jorge Arce was able to walk through Hussein's punches. Both fighters trade power punches, though Arce seemed to have the confidence that he could outlast Hussien. The bout ended in the 10th-round via technical knockout in Arce's favor. The same strategy is unlikely to succeed against a big puncher like Vic Darchinyan.

Arce has chosen (or rather, his promoters have chosen) to fight Vic Darchinyan right as the Australian-Armenian Darchinyan's career is peaking.  In his last fight, "The Raging Bull" was in perfect form in besting Cristian Mijares for the IBF, WBC, and WBA superflyweight (112 lb.) titles. Using his speed and awkward style, Darchinyan (31-1-1) managed to knock out Mijares via ninth round knockout.

The win over the well-regarded Cristian Mijares (36-3-2) proved yet again that Vic Darchinyan is the strongest puncher in any division below bantamweight. Mijares also holds a recent win over Jorge Arce, so the manner in which Darchinyan dealt with Mijares does not speak well to Jorge's chances.

Jorge Arce (54-4-1) is an exciting fighter and even a minor personality in Mexican popular culture. He is a colorful character whose horse riding and cowboy hat antics are exactly the kind of color boxing needs at the lighter of boxing divisions. If anything, this is what the dramatic rise and fall of Prince Naseem Hamed has taught all of boxing's "little big men."

Yes, I'm aware that the past few months have seen big upset wins by Bernard Hopkins, Manny Pacquiao, and most recently 37-year-old Sugar Shane Mosley's TKO of Antonio Margarito. This February, though, don't expect to add Jorge Arce to that list.

Vic Darchinyan is in the prime of his career. His form is peaking, and we saw that in the way he handled Cristian Mijares. Expect him to ring in 2009 by defeating Arce and then moving up in weight class to earn bigger paydays.



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