Mexican countrymen Jhonny Gonzalez and Jorge Arce, who both turned pro in the 1990s, have been in numerous outstanding fights during their long and distinguished careers. Each has also won world titles in multiple weight classes, and each is among the most recognizable action fighters of their time.
As they both near the finish line, it seems only appropriate that they will finally throw down against each other as Gonzalez defends his featherweight world title against Arce in an expected slugfest on Saturday night (beIN Sports Espanol, 11 p.m. ET) in Arce’s hometown of Los Mochis.
Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs), 33, who has won world titles at bantamweight and featherweight, is making the second defense of his second featherweight title reign and, like everyone else, expects it to be action-packed.
“From the moment the bell rings to start the first round, I strongly advise you, don’t miss a beat. The fight could end at any moment, but however long it lasts, it will be war,” Gonzalez said in translated comments at Thursday’s final prefight news conference.
“We will win. I’m bigger and I have more reach. Our training is what will bring the win this Saturday.”
Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs), 35, has won world titles in four divisions: junior flyweight, junior bantamweight, bantamweight and junior featherweight. He also claimed an interim belt at flyweight, so he views the showdown with Gonzalez as a chance to win a belt in a sixth weight class.
Arce has won three fights in a row since being knocked out by Nonito Donaire in December 2012, which led to a retirement that lasted only 11 months. But Arce came back, he said, for the opportunity to win another title.
“Being able to bring this show to my city I feel like a winner, no matter what happens when the final bell rings on Saturday,” Arce said. “Make history and win my sixth crown in different divisions.
“I will go forward. I’m not scared to meet St. Peter. I’m ready to die on that ring if necessary.”
Nobody wants to see anyone die, of course, but another exciting fight between a pair of fighters who have never known any other way? Absolutely.