Jorge Arce defended his WBO 122-pound title with a fourth-round stoppage of Simphiwe Nongqayi on Saturday in Mexicali, Mexico.
Arce (58-6-1, 44 knockouts) dominated the fight from start to finish with a swarming attack that produced a first-round knockdown and and numerous crowd-pleasing exchanges with Nongqayi (16-2-1, 6 KOs), who was penalized a point for excessive headbutts in the fourth round prior to the stoppage.
Arce, who suffered cuts over and in the outer corner of his right eye as a result of the headbutts, increased his pressure after Nongqayi’s point deduction and quickly put the gutsy South African against the ropes where an unanswered barrage of punches prompted referee Rafael Ramos to halt the bout at 2:01 of the round.
The stoppage seemed a bit quick but Arce was in full command of the bout. The 32-year-old Mexican star avenged a 12-round decision loss to Nongqayi from a 115-pound title bout in 2009. Arce hasn’t lost since, a seven-bout unbeaten streak that includes title-winning victories over Angky Angkota last January and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in May.