World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion was honored today by the WBO for his achievements and got the 122lb belt he won on May 7 in Las Vegas. Arce (57-6-2, 44KOs), who beat last May 7 former champion Wilfredo Vazuqez Jr. by a 12 round TKO, to gain his third WBO crown (108, 115 and 122 pounds). “We are very proud of pay this tribute to Arce, a good boxer, a good person and a good champion. We give this belt and this diamond ring for his three titles here with the WBO,” WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said in the event was made at the Restaurante El Zipperle in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Arce was grateful for the tribute and was happy for all the people in the restaurant, who supported the Mexican gladiator today.
“I want to thank this people of Puerto Rico for this tribute. This is an island with a lot of great fighters like Juanma Lopez, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., my friend Ivan Calderon, a pretty island, where I want to train some day here”, Arce said. “This is the country, also, of one of my great idols in boxing, Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad, one of the best boxers”.
In the tribute there were former world champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” López, Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón, Wilfredo Vázquez Jr., Álex “El Nene” Sánchez, Alfredo “Salsero” Escalera, Wilfredo “Wi” Vázquez and Víctor “Luvi” Callejas, also prospects like José “Chelo” González, Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo, Luis “El Artesano” Cruz, Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez, César Seda Jr., Juan Mercedes, Víctor Bisbal, y los prospectos Eliezer “Waa” González, McWilliams Arroyo, McJoe Arroyo, Camilo Pérez and Jonathan “Bomba” González; promoters Félix “Tutico” Zabala (All Star Boxing), Iván and Peter Rivera (PR Best Boxing Promotions), and Manuel “Quique” Román (Universal Promotions).
There were Senators Norma Burgos and Ramon Diaz, and Representative David Bonilla. From the WBO Alberto Rodriguez, Vicepresident of Championship Comitee, Luis Perez, Chairman of Ratings Comitee, and referees Roberto Ramirez Jr. and Sr., and judges Carlos Colón, Nelson Vázquez, César Ramos, José Roberto Torres and Hernando Steidel.