Corey Erdman reports that 33-year-old Jorge Arce will return to the ring on September 21, cutting short a retirement from last December that few took seriously in the first place. Arce (61-7-2, 46 KO) hasn't fought since being totally dominated by Nonito Donaire on HBO.
Arce will be facing former 122-pound titlist Akifumi Shimoda (27-3-2, 12 KO), a quality fighter known best to U.S. fans, probably, for losing in fluky fashion to Rico Ramos on HBO in 2011. He's gone 5-0 since then against less than stellar opposition, but solid domestic foes for the most part.
This is certainly not some easy comeback fight for Arce, who very well may lose, as he generally has against quality opponents in the latter portion of his career. Still, many will likely be happy to see him back, even as a diminished fighter. He still always makes for at least watchable fights, even if he isn't the reliable warrior he was during his prime. As far as the risks, they are what they are and we know that. He's never seemed in particular immediate danger to me, always appearing clear-headed, but there's no doubt he's taken a lot of punishment in his career.
Will he be a serious contender again? Probably not, but we said that before he beat WV2, too.