Jorge Arce will return on February 18, fighting a rematch for the third straight outing. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
WBO bantamweight titlist Jorge Arce will stay at 118 pounds for his next fight, as BoxingScene.com is reporting that the popular Mexican star will rematch Lorenzo Parra in Mexico on February 18 for the title.
Arce (59-6-2, 45 KO) won the WBO super bantamweight title in May with a big upset of Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, and defended it once in a rematch with Simphiwe Nongqayi on September 24, winning pretty easily. He then dropped down to bantamweight to pick up a belt there, winning a ridiculous vacant title fight against Angky Angkotta (another rematch).
The last man Arce did not defeat was Parra (31-3-1, 18 KO), a former flyweight titlist whose career has been a mess since 2007. Arce and Parra had a controversial draw in 2010, which many felt Parra clearly deserved to win, but in his last fight, Parra looked both outclassed and totally disinterested in fighting in a June loss to Anselmo Moreno.
So why does this fight happen? Because Arce gets to do what Arce wants, basically. He draws good crowds, does good TV numbers in Mexico. He's a legitimate star and he's catered to because of it. It doesn't make him less of a fighter or anything (and he's a true fighter), but he gets his way on things like this. If he wanted to rematch Martin Castillo, the WBO would probably sign off on it as a title fight.