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Garcia-Porter is Close, Broner-Vargas Rematch on Tap, Says WBC

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.

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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.

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Comment by Boxing lives on 05-09-2018

Porter and Garcia making that money with Thurman out. They should pay Thurman peanuts for whatever crap tune up fight he wants. Dont waste any of the boxing budget on that crap.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 05-09-2018

[QUOTE=JcLazyX210;18753417]I honestly don't believe he can make 140 anymore. I think it is a wrap for him. If he wants to fight for a title.[/QUOTE]He made weight for Mikey Garcia, and was supposed to fight Omar @ 140 too. If…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 05-09-2018

Garcia vs. Porter is a pretty nice fight.

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 05-09-2018

Porter - Garcia, yes please. Top 147 guys have to stop avoiding each other.

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 05-09-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18753283]I think Broner is boxed in! He's not strong enough for 147, and these guys @ 140 (Prograis, Branchyk, and Relikh) can punch![/QUOTE] I honestly don't believe he can make 140 anymore. I think it is a wrap for him.…

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