Simphiwe Nondqayi (16-0, 6 knockouts) out-pointed former two-time junior flyweight titleholder Jorge Arce (52-5-1, 40 KOs) over 12 rounds to pick up a vacant 115-pound title in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on Tuesday, the eve of Mexican Independence Day.
Arce, THE RING's No. 4-rated junior bantamweight contender, was the aggressor as usual, but the talented South African, who sported a checked dye-job that made his head look like a soccer ball, was as quick and nimble as a soccer player.
Arce had his moments in the bout but the Mexican veteran could not contain Nondqayi, who utilized superior hand speed and lateral movement to good effect for the majority of the entertaining fight and won by scores of 117-112, 117-111 and 116-112.
Nondqayi also holds a victory over Arce's younger brother Francisco.
Junior lightweight titleholder Humberto Soto and former 108-pound beltholder Ulises Solis were also in action on the TV Azteca (Azteca America in the U.S.) televised card.
Soto (49-7-2, 32 KOs) made quick work of Aristides Perez (15-1-1, 8 KOs), dropping the game-but-wild Colombian before stopping him at 1:21 of the second round to defend his 130-pound belt for the third time.
Solis (29-2-2, 20 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Dirceo Cabarca (7-4, 3 KOs) by unanimous scores of 80-70. The Mexican vet dropped the tough-but-overmatched Cabarca in rounds two and six.