32-year old Jorge “Travieso” Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) defends his WBO super bantamweight title against Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-1-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday September 24, at Foro Promo Casa in Mexicali, Mexico. This 12-round super bantamweight title fight will headline Top Rank Live and will be shown on Fox Deportes.
Nongqayi was a little-known fighter from South Africa when he defeated Francisco Arce, younger brother of Jorge, in an IBF title eliminator in 2009. He went on to score a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Arce and claim the vacant IBF super flyweight title. He retained his title in a lackluster majority draw with Malik Bouziane before dropping the title via 6-round TKO loss to Juan Alberto Rosas last July. After 14 months out of action and a 2-division jump, Nongqayi returns to challenge a rejuvenated Arce for another world title.
Over a career spanning 15 years, Arce has won titles in the light flyweight, bantamweight, and super bantamweight divisions, and an Interim title as a flyweight. After dropping two of his three fights in 2009; a TKO loss to Vic Darchinyan in February, and a unanimous decision loss to Nongqayi in September, Arce began to show the wear and tear of so many ring wars, but was able to pick up another vacant strap as a super flyweight in 2010. In May he battled back from an early knockdown at the hands of Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., eventually trapping an exhausted Vazquez Jr. along the ropes, forcing his father, trainer, and former world champion, Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., to throw in the towel.