Nonito Donaire will be opposed by Jorge Arce next time he's in the ring. (Photos by Ethan Miller and Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Jorge Arce is, as expected, next in line to face new WBO super bantamweight titlist Nonito Donaire, according to manager Cameron Dunkin:
“Arce is next,” Cameron Dunkin told Philippine News’ Truth Esguerra. “We have an agreement already, and he’s got to fight Arce. And we have an agreement in principle with the Japanese guy (Nishioka), so he’s got fights ahead of him. After that we’ll look at [WBA champ Guillermo] Rigondeaux, of course.”
Arce (59-6-2, 45 KO) was the last man to hold the belt Donaire (28-1, 18 KO) won on Saturday night by defeating Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, and also defeated Vazquez to win that title. Arce beat Vazquez by TKO-12 last May in a show-stealing fight on the Pacquiao vs Mosley show.
Donaire vs Arce has been in the works since last October, when the two sat together at the Nishioka vs Rafael Marquez fight in Las Vegas. Arce dropped the 122-pound belt in order to chase a title down at 118 pounds, which he won in November in a rematch with Angky Angkotta. The plan was always for Arce to come back up to 122 and fight the winner of Donaire vs Vazquez, so none of this is any surprise.
There is concern over Donaire's injured left hand, and Bob Arum isn't putting that out of his mind, but also says that Arce will be the next fight for the Filipino standout:
“Let’s see what happens with his hand first,” said Arum. “That will determine everything, but depending on the timing, we want him to face Arce next.”
There has been no official word yet as to the severity of Donaire's hand injury.
Arce is currently slated to rematch Lorenzo Parra on February 18 in Mexico.