Low blow, kidney and ear combination ends Arce v Rojas

Jorge Arce scored a knockdown in the first round against Jesus Rojas on the undercard of Manny Pacquaio v Timothy Bradley tonight, before the pair shared a one-minute war at the end of the round.

As the crowd were getting ready to enjoy what promised to be a toe-to-toe war at the start of the second round, Rojas blatantly struck Arce with a low-blow, before following it up with a kidney punch and as referee Kenny Bayliss looked to step in, a full force blow to the ear followed from the Puerto Rican.

Five-time world champion Arce, 32, immediately claimed what looked like a burst ear drum and as the doctor examined him in the ring, the bout was ruled a no decision as a bemused Rojas looked on.

A rematch may not happen between the two as bantamweight title holder Arce looks to fight the winner of Nonito Donaire v Jeffrey Mathebula, although ‘Travieso’ did state that a rematch was possible after complaining of a ringing in his ears in the post-fight interview.