“El Travieso” Comes To So. Cal
January Top Rank Card In Anaheim Chock Full
By “Hail” Cesar Garcia
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
If one was to compare a boxer
to a car, you could say that Jorge Arce would be compact
car, small but strong and quick enough to act like a muscle
machine, just more reliable.
So perhaps it is appropriate enough that on January 27th,
“El Travieso” (45-3-1, 35 KO’s) will make his Southern
California debut at the Honda Center in Anaheim against
little known Argentinean Julio Roque Ler (23-1, 14 KO’s).
Arce, who is the #1 rated flyweight by the WBC and claims to
be the best fighter pound for pound, will be defending his
WBC Interim Super flyweight title for the fifth time. And if
that happens, it would be Arce’s 26 consecutive victory and
his 9th consecutive by KO or TKO.
What is odd is that Arce, in his 49 bouts, has fought in
places such as Sassari, Italy and Seoul, S. Korea has never
fought in the boxing rich area.
“Fighting here in Southern
California is a dream come true,” says Arce in his native Spanish.
“With all the ‘paisas’ (short for paisanos) in the area, it wont
even feel like I’m fighting in America.”
So now So. Cal fight fans that have not been able to travel to watch
the fighter that Arum coined as “the best pound for pound
entertainer in boxing,” will be able to cheer him on in their own
“What’s funny,” says Arce who seems to already be connecting to the
throngs of Mexican immigrants in So. Cal, “is that before [his
fighting career] they wouldn’t even let me cross the border, and now
they want me to be a resident.”
“El Travieso”, in an attempt to show his Mexican fans in So. Cal
that he too is just like them went on to tell about his recent
experience in Mexico of trying to obtain a work visa to come to the
“They said I could have issues because in the past I had been caught
trying to cross the border illegally 15 times, but I told them they
were wrong,” says the aptly nicknamed Arce (El Travieso means
“mischievous one” in English), “it had been about 30 times!”
And while Arce should be
problem free on his work visit to the Golden State it is
Roque Ler who will have the biggest problem, trying to
contend with the punishing Arce.
“He [Roque Ler, WBA #3] has a good chance of getting
The Arce who has fought in So. Cal several times,
Francisco, better known as “El Traviesos” younger
brother, will also be on the card along with So. Cal
natives Vanes Martyrosian (11-0, 7 KO’s) and John John
Molina (5-0, 4KO’s).
What will probably be the fight of the night however
will be the one between undefeated middleweight prospect
Kelly Pavlik (29-0, 26)of Youngstown, Ohio and the
always exciting Jose Luis Zertuche (19-3-2, 14) of
Despite being the obvious underdog Zertuche shouldn’t be
counted out. Among his knockout victories have been
Carlos Bojorquez and ‘The Contender II” champion Grady
Brewer, will be looking to add Pavlik to his KO list. “
Like the pizza man,” says a confident Zertuche, “I will