By Miguel Rivera
According to Mauricio Sulaiman, President of the World Boxing Council, he does plan to order a showdown between former champions Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) and Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs).
Porter is ranked at number one under the WBC, while Garcia is the second ranked contender.
Both fighters have tasted defeat at the hands of the current WBC champion, Keith Thurman.
Thurman, who recently got married, suffered a bad elbow injury and has undergone surgery. He was planning to return to the ring by the end of the year. However, it was revealed that Thurman would not be ready to fight until the first quarter of 2018.
Porter and Garcia are bother advised by Al Haymon and fight under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.
Sulaiman says the his organization is waiting for one final piece of the puzzle - for Porter to come through with a victory, and without injury, in his next fight.
Porter will stay busy by facing Thomas Dulorme on August 26th in Las Vegas.
Sulaiman is reluctant to order the fight with Garcia right now, because there is the possibility that an upset takes place or Porter gets injured in some fashion.
If either Porter or Garcia drop out from the fight, then the WBC will look for the next highest ranked contender who is available. Manny Pacquiao is sitting at number three, Jessie Vargas is at number four, and Konstantin Ponomarev is at number five.
Garcia has been out of the ring since losing the decision to Thurman, but plans to fight again before the year is out. Porter picked up a big victory in April when he stopped Andre Berto in a WBC final eliminator. It was Porter's first victory since losing a twelve round decision to Thurman in a wild war last June.
"Yes [we plan to order that fight but,] there is the issue that Porter is going to have a fight in a few weeks with Dulorme - but if he wins we are going to order the fight for the interim-title with Danny Garcia," said Sulaiman to ESPN Deportes.