Arce dominated Paz and conquered his second belt

 Facundo Arce winner - Mario Margossian

Facundo Arce winner - Mario Margossian

Strong Argentinian prospect Facundo “Topo” Arce dominated Nicolás “El Elegante” Paz, by split decision after ten rounds, and conquered the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedebol lightweight vacant title, at the main event of an exciting boxing night on Friday, May 14th, at the Talleres Fútbol Club, in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, promoted by Argentina Boxing Promotions, of Mario Margossian.

In what an action-packed fight, Arce (13-3-2, 6 KOs), 25 years old, from Marcos Paz, Buenos Aires, former WBA Fedebol featherweight champion and current #4 of the Argentinian featherweight ranking, controlled most of the fight. Against a complicated Paz (5-5-2, 3 KOs), 24, from Escobar, Buenos Aires, former Argentinian national team, Arce made good use of his power to dimmish him. As usual, “El Topo” started aggressive. He took the center of the ring and penetrated his opponent defense with his long jabs followed by powerful right crosses to the head. As rounds went by, the differences grew bigger. Even in the fourth round, he discharged a powerful left cross to the head of Paz, who nearly went by. Although “El Elegante” slightly reacted in rounds five and six connecting precise crosses, from seven onwards, Arce took control again. And in the final chapters, he unleashed once again his harsh power to the jaw, to earn his second crown.

The scorecards surprised as they were not unanimous, as they were read: Maximiliano Dolce 97-93, and Guillermo Armani 96-94, both for Arce, and Mariano Páez 96-94 for Paz.

With this result, Arce, 131.3 lbs., who crushed names like Ignacio Perrín -in one round, to obtain the WBA Fedebol title- and Claudio Echegaray in four, recovered after his loss to Mayco Estadella by decision on November 27th ending an unbeaten strike of thirteen fights. Paz, 132 lbs., will aim for a new belt chance.


Beyond the main fight, a heated card completed the night. In the co main event, in welterweight division, prospect Yoel “El Chacal” Peralta (146.3 lbs. and 7-1, 1 KO) dominated experienced heavy puncher Daniel “Chainchi” Aquino (146.4 lbs. and 18-9-1, 13 KOs), by unanimous decision after six rounds. The scorecards were: Mariano Páez 59½-55½, Maximiliano Dolce 60-54, and Guillermo Armani 59-56½.

Peralta, 26, from Del Viso, Buenos Aires, brother of the Argentinian, South American and Latino champion, the two-time Olympian Yamil Peralta, controlled each and every moment of the fight. More accurate with his blows, he managed to outbox Aquino, 32, from Paraná, Entre Ríos, who was unable to do anything about it. And after six chapters, there was no question about the decision to come.

In another attraction of the evening, in flyweight division, Romina Sosa (111.7 lbs. and 2-0-2), from Mar del Plata, Buenos Aries, defeated former Argentinian national team and debutant Oriana Sánchez (108.5 lbs. and 0-1), from Buenos Aires, by split decision after four rounds. The scorecards were: Mariano Páez 39-37½, and Guillermo Armani 39½-38½, both for Sosa, and Maximiliano Dolce 39-37 for Sánchez.

Finally, in bantamweight division, debutant Leonardo Virzi (116.6 lbs. and 1-0, 1 KO), from Buenos Aires, crushed debutant Lucas Arce (117 lbs. and 0-1), from Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, by knock out in the fourth round, after sending him down in the first one and causing him a standing count in the tenth, that reached ten.