Arce comeback continues

A veteran of many tough fights, Jorge Arce, 34, still has aspirations to win another title. Etzel Espinosa/Mexsport

It comes as no surprise but popular Mexican brawler Jorge Arce will fight on. He didn't unretire in November for a one-and-done comeback.

No, Arce -- who has won world titles in four weight classes and an interim belt in a fifth -- has aspirations to win a featherweight title and will be back in action March 8 in Nogales, Mexico when he faces Aldimar Silva Santos, Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions announced on Tuesday.

"I've stayed in the gym since I started the year because the plan was always to fight in March," Arce said. "I want to fight for the world championship, but go step by step. For now we must concentrate on our next fight and deliver a great show to the people of Nogales, which has always received me very well."

The 34-year-old Arce (62-7-2, 47 KOs), a pro for 18 years, has been in numerous hellacious brawls. He has taken tremendous punishment -- and also dished it out -- during his career.

After Nonito Donaire dropped Arce three times in a crushing third-round knockout in their junior featherweight world title fight in December 2012, Arce announced his retirement, and he seemed sincere.

However, retirement lasted only 11 months. Arce returned to the ring in November and knocked out Jose Carmona in the eighth round.

Next up will be Silva Santos (19-7, 10 KOs), 32, of Brazil, who has lost two in a row and four of his last five, including a ninth-round knockout loss to former featherweight and junior featherweight titlist Juan Manuel Lopez last February.