With Win, Garcia Wants to Unify with Spence
The currently vacant WBC Welterweight Title will have a new owner after Sept. 8, when Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter battle it out at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Both are former welterweight champions and have come up short against WBA “Super” Champion Keith Thurman. Thurman defeated Garcia in a title unification bout to win the WBC Title, but Thurman vacated the belt earlier this year due to injury. This allowed the WBC to order Garcia and Porter to face off for the title, giving Garcia the chance to gain back the title he lost on a close split decision.
“[This fight] means the world to me,” Garcia said. “This is a new chapter in my career. This is a new chapter in my career. Been in a lot of great fights. Been in a lot of tough fights. I’m a seasoned boxer. I’m a seasoned champion.
Just regaining something that was mine. It’s like a bully, you know? Steals your lunch money. You can’t wait to get him back. It’s one of [those] moments where I have to prove [to] myself that I’m still the best fighter in the world.
The winner of the fight will join the current squad of boxing’s welterweight champions, all elite fighters — Thurman, WBA “Regular” Champion Manny Pacquiao, WBO Champion Terence Crawford and IBF Champion Errol Spence Jr.
Amir Khan has stated he wants to face Pacquiao, though he’s keeping other options like Spence open. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has stated, per WBC’s rules, the winner of Spence vs. Porter will have to make back-to-back mandatory defenses of the title. He added Thurman could likely be one of those mandatory challengers.
But if it were up to Garcia, with a win, he has his eye on unification — not with Thurman, but rather with Spence.
“I absolutely want to unify with Errol Spence Jr. after I win,” Garcia said. “I want the biggest fights. This would be my fourth world title. All I’ve ever done is face everyone they put in front me and I’ve earned those huge fights.
This is nothing new to me. I’ve performed at this level for a long time. I’ve put in the hard work. Come Saturday night I’m going to get this victory because I’m the better fighter and a true champion.
Original Story: Boxing Scene