WBC: Porter Has Four Possible Opponents
Following Shawn Porter’s win over Danny Garcia, questions arose over who will be next to face the new WBC welterweight champion, and with the WBC convention taking place this coming weekend, there is a hope for some clarity.
Leading up to Porter and Garcia facing for the then vacant title, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman claimed that the winner would have two mandatory title defenses, the first being the former champion Keith Thurman, who vacated the title due to numerous injuries, and the other going to Andre Berto.
Berto earned the right to be mandatory challenger in August when he defeated Devon Alexander, but Yordenis Ugas would earn a title shot as well with a title eliminator win over Cesar Barrionuevo on the Garcia-Porter undercard.
A fourth challenger appeared after the final bell, as IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence and Porter agreed to fight one another, with Porter claiming that it is the “easiest fight to make.”
Speaking with Boxing Scene, Sulaiman is looking to see if they can move a unification fight to the top of the batting order for their new champion.
“We have the WBC Convention coming up and that is where each division is put in an open floor for discussion and the voting of the board of governors. I cannot make decisions. The Board of Governors approves each division,” Sulaiman told BoxingScene.com.
“Keith Thurman has a special provision because he was champion and because of injury he relinquished the belt. So, he receives a grant from the WBC that once he is medically cleared and he requests the fight – he can have a direct championship fight.”
While both mandatory challengers have earned a shot at the title, Sulaiman claimed that unification fights are more important to the growth of the sport.
“Berto is the mandatory and Ugas won an elimination bout but I am 100% in support of a fight that brings boxing to the level that we all want to see for the fans. I think Spence is a formidable champion. A unification will be well received and if it is requested we will put it into the board of governors for a vote,” said Sulaiman.
The WBC Convention starts on September 30th and takes place in Kiev, Ukraine.
Initial Report: Boxing Scene