By Edward Chaykovsky
WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18KOs) is not surprised that a lot of fighters are calling him out in the welterweight division.
Garcia will take part in a non-title fight when he faces Samuel Vargas (25-2-1, 13 KOs) over ten rounds on November 12 at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia (Spike, 9 p.m. ET/PT).
If Garcia is successful, he will move forward to a world title unification with WBA champion Keith Thurman on March 4th.
Garcia captured the vacant WBC title in January with a twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Robert Guerrero. The win made Garcia a two-division titleholder.
Not everyone is pleased with Garcia's selection of opponents in recent years. Just about everyone at welterweight, and even junior welterweight, has wanted a piece of Garcia.
“It’s only right for guys call me out. I’ve been on top the longest, so I’m the leader of the pack. Right now, I’m focused on Vargas before [moving on to] Keith Thurman and bigger things in 2017," Garcia told Premier Boxing Champions.
While Garcia is a huge favorite over Vargas, most experts are picking Thurman to beat him in March. Garcia is paying no mind to the critics. Back when he faced Lucas Matthysse in 2013, most experts were siding with the hard-puncher from Argentina. Garcia shut a lot of mouths that night, when he handled Matthysse's power and won a twelve round unanimous decision.
“People are acting like Keith Thurman has a cape like Superman and can fly, but he ain’t done anything I haven’t done,” Garcia says. “But I want the other champions to think I'm vulnerable. Those are my easiest fights. Right now, my goal is to unify at 147 [pounds] like I did at 140. The road starts with Vargas," Garcia said.