By Miguel Rivera
On May 25, the purse bid for the welterweight fight between Shawn Porter and Danny García, for the vacant title of the World Boxing Council, is scheduled to take place.
According to the president of the WBC, Mauricio Sulaiman, the fighters are close to an agreement.
Garcia and Porter are the highest ranked available contenders to fight for a world title. The belt became vacant when Keith Thurman, who was injured and inactive since March 2017, decided to drop the title.
Thurman, in returning, would have had to make back to back mandatory defenses - and there is still no indication that he will fight before the year is out.
Porter became the mandatory challenger after knockout out Andre Berto in 2017, and Garcia became the secondary mandatory after knocking out Brandon Rios in January in a WBC final eliminator.
Following Garcia's victory in Las Vegas, Porter entered the ring and they traded words before a live televised audience on Showtime.
And Sulaiman also revealed that the sanctioning body is planning to order an immediate rematch between Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas - who last month took part in a WBC eliminator and fought to a twelve round majority draw at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Broner and Vargas were both unhappy with the outcome - and they both called for a rematch. One judge scored the fight for Broner, and the remaining two had it a draw.
That contest took place at a catch-weight of 144-pounds, as Broner is still competing between the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions.
"We have the purse bid scheduled for May 25 [for Garcia-Porter], but it seems that they are very advanced in their talks to reach an agreement and we hope they will notify us soon, but in addition, we will order a direct rematch between Jessie Vargas and Adrien Broner, because it was a draw," Sulaiman said to ESPN Deportes.