Chivis Martinez Borderfland Beat Source
Cancun, Quintana Roo, September 15, 2009. Jorge “Travieso” Arce could do nothing to retain his title of IBF super flyweight world champion, as his rival, Simphiwe Nongoayi, was far superior and ended up snatching the crown from Arce.
Former Mexican boxer Jorge “The Travieso” [mischievous] revealed the story of the day he was kidnapped by policemen – apparently at the service of organized crime. The police took him to a party where characters like Joaquín el Chapo Guzmán, Ismael May Zambada and the Beltrán Leyva brothers they were waiting for it him because they wanted to meet him.
“One day a police stopped me and they took me, they blindfolded me then they took me to a ranch, I don’t know, I didn’t know where because they blindfolded me. They said that nothing was going to happen to me and then I went, no way to say no, because they were armed people [sic]”, Commented Arce in an interview with the journalist Javier Alarcon, which was broadcast on his YouTube channel.
Arce describes this story as occurring after his participation in the reality show Big Brother VIP, in 2003. By then, his fame had increased enormously. So, as he said, in every place that people saw him, he asked for photos and autographs.
In the midst of this effervescent popularity, Arce indicated that one day he was stopped while he was in his car; they blindfolded him and took him to a party.
At the party, he was able to recognize those who were there: “All the names you can imagine” Arce answered Alarcón, with no apparent intention of wanting to go into details.
The sports journalist was able to deduce names by mentioning Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, Ismael May Zambada or Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, alias El Azul.
“To all is to all”, simply answered Arce, although he did add that also were the Beltrán Leyva brothers. “Some were already dead”, He said, referring precisely to Arturo Beltrán Leyva, who died in 2009 in a confrontation with the Navy, which occurred in Cuernavaca, Morelos.
He commented that upon arriving at the party, he greeted all those present, with whom he visited for a while, since they were admirers of Arce’s performance in the ring.
“They greeted me, I greeted all the people, all the names (of drug trafficking) that you can imagine, there they were at that party, I greeted everyone: ‘Hello, nice to meet you, I’ve seen you,’” he said while they answered him: “Champion, we love you, take care.”
Jorge Arce recalled that in addition to the drug traffickers present, among them the main leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, there was a BMW brand SUV with a red bow, which was for him, as he was then the world champion in boxing, but he says he refused to accept it.
“I remember they had a truck, an X5 with a red bow and I said, ‘And that SUV’? ‘It’s for you’, I said, ‘No, what do you mean for me?, I can’t take that truck, nor will I be able to afford it, I totally did not accept it”.
Then, says the former boxer from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, they asked him what he wanted, to which he replied that he only wanted to return safely to the place where he had been picked up.
This request, he pointed out, was fulfilled.
This story arose from Javier Alarcón asking Arce, what it was that attracted so much attention of drug traffickers, in general, about boxing.
“I believe that (it is) the boxing environment, the betting, the punches; everyone we bring [sic] hot blood and when we see a fight you get emotional and I think that’s what catches their attention, ”Arce answered.
“There is about to film a series of my life, and when they do the series of my life, I will tell everything” stated the boxer.