Boxing fans are still recovering from Juan Manuel Marquez's sixth-round knockout of Manny Pacquiao, but there is another excellent bout happening on Saturday.
WBO super bantamweight title Nonito Donaire will face Jorge Arce in Houston Saturday night with his belt on the line, and it should be a good one.
Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs) will be favored in this one, but Arce (64-6-2, 46 KOs) is an extremely dangerous fighter. Don't expect the outcome of this one to come easy, and it will definitely be worth watching.
Let's take a look at where you can watch and give a few keys to the bout.
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
When: Saturday, December 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Top Rank
Key to Donaire Victory: Use Arce's Aggression Against Him
Arce is an extremely aggressive fighter, but he only knows how to fight one style. Donaire is a better overall fighter, and he is capable of taking advantage of Arce's overzealous attack.
I'm not trying to compare this to Pacquiao versus Marquez, but the idea is the same. Arce only knows how to move forward. He's very good at it, and he will beat Donaire if the champion isn't careful, but he has no other option.
Donaire has things in his back pocket. He's a devastating counter-puncher, and he's a smart fighter. He throws crisp shots that will hurt Arce, especially as "Travieso" continuously moves into them.
Look for Donaire to bide his time in this one. He knows that Arce will be looking for a big shot, so he just has to stay on his feet and wait for Arce to slip up and create an opportunity for him.
Key to Arce Victory: Attack, Attack, Attack
This is Arce's only chance to win. As I said before, he's a one-dimensional fighter, but he's very good at what he does.
Arce has 46 knockouts in his career, so you know that he can throw some punches. If he can force Donaire to fight his style, he has a chance to pull off the upset and win the belt.
Even though Donaire is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters, he does have weaknesses. He tends to leave himself open to big punches at times, and Arce is more than capable of landing those shots.
Arce is a four-division title-winner for a reason. He knows how to fight, and he has nothing to lose in this situation.
Prediction: Donaire via 9th-Round TKO
Donaire just has too much for Arce in this one. Arce can only fight one type of fight, and that will hurt him here. Look for Donaire to wear him down and win via ninth-round TKO.
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