“Travieso” spoke to Univision on Tuesday night and revealed that he was reconsidering his decision to walk away from the sport immediately:
“I want to walk down the aisle last of the locker room to the ring, have that feeling of being in a fight for the last time. Since I announced my retirement I could not sleep,” said Arce. “Maybe my career is over and I have not noticed. Everyone tells me I retire, I’m the only one stuck.”
For our readers who speak Spanish, clips from the full media gathering are available here:
The four-division world champion first won a title in 1998, and has been taking part in gruesome wars ever since. At 33, he’s certainly not old, even by boxing standards necessarily, but in “ring years” he’s about 73.
After he was blown out by Vic Darchinyan, his career was thought to be over. It was really over when he was soundly outboxed by Simphiwe Nongqayi. It was absolutely over after a dicey draw with Lorenzo Parra heading into his massive upset of Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. on HBO. His late-career revival was nothing short of miraculous, and probably cemented his status as a Hall of Famer.
Can he still go out and beat 95% of the featherweights in the world? Yes. But he tested himself against the very best, as he has ever since he stepped in there with Michael Carbajal, and found out he couldn’t hang.
Losing to a pound for pound great in the sport is no shame, and neither is going out with a career high payday.
What would be a shame is if Arce didn’t capitalize on the gift he’s been given to still be functional after all the punishment he’s taken, and subject himself to more unnecessarily.
It would be equally as big a shame if he clouded the great two-year run he went on with a sad twilight period as a stepping stone.
If he does don the cowboy hat and unwrap a lollipop one more time, let’s hope it’s a one-off creampuff farewell fight of the sort Erik Morales has been proposing.