Jorge Arce wants shot at Evgeny Gradovich and featherweight title

Nicky Loh

Saying he's "not impressed" by the IBF featherweight titleholder Evgeny Gradovich, Mexican veteran Jorge Arce says he wants another shot at a world title.

Jorge Arce is still crazy after all these years, and the recently-returned ("unretired") 34-year-old Mexican brawler wants another shot at a world title, and he's targeting IBF featherweight titlist Evgeny Gradovich.

"I would love to fight Gradovich. He is good fighter but personally I'm not impressed. He says he is a 'Russian-Mexican' - then lets see how he does a Mexican. I feel good and want to face the best at featherweight, he has faced good fighters, but he is not a warrior like me."

Arce (62-7-2, 47 KO) returned to the ring on November 16 in Mexico with a win over Jose Carmona. In his last notable fight, he was predictably decimated by Nonito Donaire in December 2012.

Gradovich (18-0, 9 KO) successfully defended his belt this past weekend against Billy Dib in Macao, a rematch of their first fight, which is where Gradovich won the title and burst into the world scene.

Would Arce be any match for the bigger, physical, hard-charging Gradovich?

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