The day that “El Chapo” Guzmán and “El Mayo” Zambada sent “El Travieso” Arce to “get up”

CANCòN, QUINTANA ROO, 15SEPTIEMBRE2009.- Jorge "Travieso" Arce could do nothing to retain his title as IBF super flyweight world champion since his rival Simphiwe Nongoayi was too superior in blows that ended up taking away his scepter.

Former Mexican boxer Jorge ‘El Travieso’ Arce revealed the story of the day he was ‘lifted’ by police - apparently at the service of organized crime - who they took him to a party where characters like Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada and the Beltrán Leyva brothers they were waiting for him because they wanted to greet him.

"One day the police stopped me and they took me, they blindfolded me because they wanted to greet me and they took me to a ranch, I don't know, I didn't know where because they blindfolded me, that nothing was going to happen to me and well I was, no way of saying no, because they were armed people ", commented 'El Travieso' Arce in an interview with the journalist Javier Alarcón, which was broadcast on his YouTube channel.

Arce located this story in the season after his participation in the reality show Big Brother VIP, in 2003. So, his fame had increased enormously so, according to what he said, in every place that people saw him they asked him for photos and autographs.

In the midst of this effervescent popularity, ‘El Travieso’ indicated that one day he was arrested when he was in his car; they blindfolded him and took him to a party. The place, he said, never knew where it was. But what he did know was to recognize those who were there: "All the names you can imagine", Arce replied to Alarcón, with no apparent intention of wanting to go into detail.

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The sports journalist began to deduce names by mentioning Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada or Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, alias ‘El Azul’. "Everyone is everyone," Arce said simply.although he did add that he also there were the Beltrán Leyva brothers. "Some are already dead"He said referring precisely to Arturo Beltrán Leyva, who died in 2009 in a confrontation against the Navy, which occurred in Cuernavaca, Morelos.

'El Mayo' Zambada and 'El Chapo' Guzmán (Photo: Steve Allen)
'El Mayo' Zambada and 'El Chapo' Guzmán (Photo: Steve Allen)

What he did abound in was describing the scene, since he commented that when he arrived at the party, he greeted all those present with whom he lived for a while, since they were admirers of the performance of ‘El Travieso’ 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, very pleased, I have seen you", he said to them while they they replied: "champion, we love you, get ready, take care and we bet"

Jorge Arce recalled that the drug traffickers present there, including the main leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, had a BMW brand van with a red bow tie, which was for him for being the world champion in boxing at the time, but he refused. to accept it.

"I remember they had a truck, an X5 with a red bow and I said 'what about that truck?', ‘Is for you,’ I said: ‘no, what do you mean for me?’, ‘yes we buy it together, we cooperate’I said:‘ I cannot grab that truck, nor will I be able to pay for the possession, ’ total I did not accept it"

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So, 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 picked him up. This request, he pointed out, was fulfilled.

"'Well, then, what do you want?', 'All I want is for you to take me to where I was picked up, safe and sound, nothing else, nothing else happens.' I did not accept the gift and here I am, "he said.

This story arose as a result of Javier Alarcón asking ‘El Travieso’ about what was attracting so much attention to drug traffickers in general about boxing.

"I think (is) the boxing environment, the betting, the beating; Everyone brings hot blood and when we see a fight you get excited and I think that is what catches their attention, ”replied Arce.

"He is about to do the series of my life, and when they do the series of my life I will tell everything"said the boxer.


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