By Keith Idec
A WBC purse bid scheduled for Friday was canceled because a deal is in place for Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter to fight for the WBC’s vacant welterweight title.
Promoter Tom Brown, acting on behalf Garcia and Porter, informed WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman that the purse bid wasn’t necessary. Garcia, a former WBC 147-pound champion who’s ranked No. 1 by the WBC, and Porter, an ex-IBF welterweight champ who’s ranked No. 2, officially work without promotional contracts.
The former champions both are advised by Al Haymon, however, and fight as part of Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions organization.
BoxingScene.com has learned that the Garcia-Porter fight could take place as soon as August 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It also is possible the Garcia-Porter fight will be scheduled for some time in September.
Showtime is expected to televise it as the main event of a multi-bout broadcast.
The 30-year-old Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) lost the WBC welterweight title to Keith Thurman in their 147-pound championship unification fight in March 2017 at Barclays Center.
Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC) has not fought since defeating Philadelphia’s Garcia by split decision that night. He had elbow surgery in April 2017 and suffered a hand injury earlier this year that postponed his return to the ring, which had been scheduled for May 19 at Barclays Center.
Due to his long layoff and his desire to take what should amount to a tune-up fight next, Thurman gave up the WBC welterweight title last month. The Clearwater, Florida, native still holds the WBA’s “super” welterweight title.
The WBC ordered Garcia-Porter when Thurman agreed to give up its 147-pound crown.
The 30-year-old Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs), of Akron, Ohio, became the mandatory challenger for Thurman’s WBC title when he stopped Andre Berto in the ninth round of their April 2017 bout at Barclays Center. He had hoped to get a shot at avenging his close, unanimous-decision defeat to Thurman in June 2016 at Barclays Center.
The Garcia-Porter winner could be an eventual opponent for Thurman if Thurman doesn’t pursue another unification fight against IBF champ Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.