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Donaire Blasts Arce and Retains Title with Third Round Knockout

Donaire dominated Arce and solidified his fighter of the year credentials.
Donaire dominated Arce and solidified his fighter of the year credentials.Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2012

WBO junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire dominated, dropped and stopped Mexican warrior Jorge Arce at the end of the third round tonight in Houston, Texas.

From the outset it was clear that Donaire (31-1 20 KO) was the stronger fighter and Arce would have to take huge risks to get close enough to land. 

It was a risk that paid off in spades for Donaire who hurt his foe whenever he came in and scored three knockdowns, the final coming in the closing seconds of round three and ending the night.

With the win Donaire solidifies his credentials for fighter of the year and improves to 4-0 in 2012.

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