Porter Ready For Danny Garcia
With Keith Thurman relinquishing the title, the road to the WBC welterweight title is a little bit clearer for Shawn Porter. Porter only has one obstacle left to get past in Danny Garcia, as both men were scheduled for a mandatory fight for the now vacant title.
“I’ve been contacted by the higher-ups in that situation and I’ve been given the information that it’s definitely going to happen,” said Kenny Porter, the father/trainer/manager of the former IBF welterweight belt-holder.
“We want to fight, we will fight, whatever the date is, whatever the place and time is. We look forward to that.”
When asked if Garcia would accept the mandatory against Shawn, the elder Porter claimed that “I hope he accepts it, in my heart of hears I’m probably like 60-40 on that because he’s known for quite some time that Shawn Porter and I have been pursuing this fight and he’s never responded to it.”
“So I’m just a little bit leery that he may not want to take it. We’re going to do everything we can, if it’s not him, to win the WBC title.”
After winning a title eliminator against Andre Berto in 2017, Porter has been waiting for Thurman to return from an injury suffered in his victory over Garcia. Things were muddled when Thurman decided to sit out for the remainder of 2017, and Garcia becoming the “second mandatory” challenger with his win against Brandon Rios in February.
Now with Thurman injured for a second time in a year, preparing for a fight against an unnamed opponent, Porter’s patience is wearing thin.
“Patience is a virtue and it’s definitely been taxing on us but Shawn has remained steadfast. We actually fought two fights in-between, people don’t know this but the last fight we had we were again at that point in time trying to get Danny to take that fight on that particular card.”