Plaza de Toros Rea, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico– In front of a partisan crowd in his home state, Jorge Arce (59-6-2, 45 KOs) outpointed Indonesia’s Angky Angkotta (25-6, 14 KOs) to win the vacant WBO bantamweight title and capture his fifth world title over the course of his action-packed 15-year career.
Arce, who had vacated his WBO junior featherweight title for this shot, came to the ring confident enough to snatch the ring mic from the recording artist singing his entrance song and belt out a chorus to the delight of his fans. And the fighter from Los Mochis’ confidence seemed justified as he outworked Angkotta, taking six of the first seven rounds on The Boxing Tribune’s unofficial scorecard and hurting his opponent in the third round.
Then, things got complicated.
In the eight, the hard-working Indonesian hurt Arce with an upstairs-downstairs attack ,forcing the brawler to hold on desperately in an effort to regain his composure. It was only the second time Arce has been seriously hurt in his last several fights and, ironically, it was after moving down in weight from the 122 lb. limit.
His legs would slowly return to him, but, for three rounds, Arce clinched and resorted to counter-punching to effectively ward off his opponent.
The twelfth round was a back and forth affair with Arce and Angkotta exchanging big shots and closing out the show in a big way.
At the end of the bout, the judges’ scorecards were unanimousfor Arce: 118-110, 118-110, 117-111.The Boxing Tribune scored the bout 117-111,also for Arce.
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