RING and WBO junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire weighed 121.5 pounds compared to the division limit of 122 even for four-division titlewinner Jorge Arce on Friday in advance of Saturday night’s match up from Houston’s Toyota Center.
A 33-year-old from Los Mochis, Mexico, Arce (61-6-2, 46 knockouts) takes an unbeaten streak of 9-0-1 that includes six knockouts into the clash with Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs).
Arce’s run includes a come-from-behind 12th-round stoppage of previously unbeaten Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in May of last year during which he rose from a fourth-round knockdown to end Vazquez’s streak of five consecutive knockouts.
In February, two bouts after facing Arce, Vazquez Jr. gave Donaire a tough fight on the way to falling by split-decision following a brutal brawl during which the loser was dropped in the ninth round.
‘FIGHT GAME’ TO FOLLOW DONAIRE-ARCE
The fourth edition of HBO’s The Fight Game, hosted by four-time Sport Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Jim Lampley, will air on Saturday from 11:20-to-11:50 p.m. ET/ tape-delayed PT from the Toyota Center following the 9:30 p.m. broadcast of Donaire-Arce.
Donaire-Arce will preceded by the replaying of the Dec. 8, sixth-round knockout by four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez over eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao, the latter of which will be part of The Fight Game broadcast.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER, ADRIEN BRONER AND DANNY GARCIA TO ATTEND CHARITY EVENT
Five-division, eight-belt titlewinner Floyd Mayweather Jr., unbeaten WBC lightweight beltholder Adrien Broner and RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia are among those expected to be on hand at Westchester High in Los Angeles for Sunday’s eighth annuel Watson Christmas Charity-Celebrity Basketball game sponsored by Professional Athlete Advisors, LLC in conjunction with Fight for a Cause Now and Mayweather Promotions
The Watson Christmas Classic is a charity event which raises funds and awareness for organizations and is designed to serve the less fortunate in South Central Los Angeles. This year’s Watson Classic event will benefit Fight for a Cause Foundation and D Best Limousine service.
Admission to the event, located at 7400 W. Manchester Ave. and Westchester High, is $10.00 in general, and, $5 for those who bring an unwrapped, unopened toy donation. Doors open at 3 p.m., with game time at 4 p.m.
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