LAS VEGAS — Four-division titlewinner Jorge Arce dropped junior featherweight rival Jesus Rojas with a first-round left hook, but complained that he could not continue after being floored himself by a second-round low blow, an accidental headbutt a shot to the kidney and another that caused damage to his ear as their fight was declared a no-contest at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.
Arce (60-6-2, 46 knockouts) told ringside doctors that he could no longer hear properly from a left ear which had absorbed a punch just prior to him hitting the canvas.
Arce and Rojas (18-1-1, 13 KOs) combined to throw 170 punches in an exciting first round. Rojas out-landed Arce 39-36 in total punches, 39-30 in power punches and trailed, 19-7, in jabs landed.
Arce-Rojas took place on the undercard of a main event featuring Manny Pacquiao’s defense of his WBO welterweight belt against Tim Bradley.
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