By Rich Cheney: Shawn Porter no longer needs to keep asking Danny Garcia for a fight, as the World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman is ordering a fight between them for the interim WBC welterweight title.
This is a move to keep the WBC belts being fought over. It’s unclear if there will be a sanctioning fee involved in the winner of the interim WBC welterweight title. The winner of the fight will eventually face WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman when he’s elbow is fully healed. That’s exected to happen in 2017
Porter has a fight on August 26 against Thomas Dulorme. Porter must win that match to get the fight with Garcia.
“Yes there is the issue that Porter is going to have a fight in a few days with Dulorme, but if he wins we’re going to order the fight for the interim title with Danny Garcia,” said Sulaiman to ESPN Deportes.
Garcia and Porter both have one thing in common in that they were both beaten by Thurman, and both want a rematch with him. Garcia doesn’t have to take the fight with Porter. He’s been offered a title shot against IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Garcia hasn’t said whether he’ll accept the figh against Spence. Garcia’s silence on the subject suggests that he wants no part of Spence. It’s too bad. If Garcia beat Spence, he could use the IBF title for a unification fight against Thurman or WBO champion Jeff Horn, and wind up getting a better deal.