Garcia-Porter Winner Must Make 2 Mandatory Defenses

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has announced that the winner of the WBC Welterweight Title fight between Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter must make back-to-back mandatory title defenses, per the rules of the sanctioning body.

The title is currently vacant, as WBA “Super” Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman surrendered the title back in April due to inactivity and recovery from injuries. Thurman defeated Porter back in the summer of 2016 when Porter challenged him for the WBA Title, and Thurman beat Garcia in a March 2017 title unification bout to win the WBC Title.

Garcia and Porter were the two mandatories Thurman was scheduled to fight before vacating the title. After he forfeited the title, Garcia and Porter were mandated to fight, leading to the Sept. 8 clash at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

“There’s a very healthy rivalry in the corners, we’re going to present the corner belt to one of the parents, it’s an interesting fight,” Sulaiman sai. “Porter is fast, has great boxing ability, Garcia had a significant win after losing with Thurman, so the coin is in the air [as to which of them will win the title].”

As for Thurman, Sulaiman says he is eligible to receive an immediate title shot if he is healthy and registering, otherwise he can simply be named one of the two mandatory challengers.

“Thurman has the option to fight for the title if he is registering and ready,” Sulaiman said. “And if he is not ready, then he will be one of the mandatory challengers. On the one hand we have Andre Berto or on the other hand the winner of the fight between Yordenis Ugas and Cesar Barrionuevo.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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