Donaire looks to salvage Filipino

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Updated: December 14, 2012

For a second week running the world of boxing will be treated to a world championship bout between a Filipino and a Mexican. Last week saw superstar Manny Pacquiao getting floored in the 6th round by Marquez in their fourth fight against each other. The weight of the nation will now fall on Donaire as he attempts to salvage some pride.

Donaire steps into the ring in Houston on Saturday against veteran Jorge Arca in what will be his third defence of his WBO junior featherweight title. Donaire’s professional record stands at 30-1, with 19 knockouts. He has held the IBF flyweight and WBC and WBO bantamweight titles. He won the vacant WBO junior featherweight belt in February this year when he beat Wilfredo Vasquez Jr on a split decision. He retained the title against South African Jeffrey Mathebula, whom he beat on points, and Toshiaki Nishioka, who was stopped in the ninth.

Arce, a Mexican like Pacquiao’s conqueror Juan Manuel Marquez, has a record of 60-6-2, with 46 knockouts. He has held the WBC light-flyweight, WBC, WBA and IBF super-flyweight, WBO bantamweight and WBO super-bantamweight belts in his long career.

The last time he lost was on September 15, 2009, when South African Simphiwe Nongqayi beat him. He later avenged the result and has not lost in his 11 most recent fights.