By Keith Idec
Danny Garcia has an interesting perspective on when and why Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford must fight.
The prevailing opinion is Crawford-Spence is the fight within the welterweight division, the showdown that’ll ultimately determine 147-pound supremacy. Garcia, a former WBC welterweight champion, considers Crawford-Spence a fight that needs to happen sooner rather than later.
According to Garcia, the Crawford-Spence winner needs to earn an opportunity to fight WBC champ Shawn Porter or WBA champ Keith Thurman.
Philadelphia’s Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) suffered his only losses to Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC) in March 2017 and Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) on September 8, both at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“There’s no king [at welterweight],” Garcia told BoxingScene.com. “I would say there’s no king because everyone didn’t fight each other yet. And no one has really had a big win over a top opponent where he blows him out. You know what I mean? All the fights have been real close. All the fights could’ve went either way. Spence and Crawford, they didn’t fight each other yet. I feel like Spence and Crawford, they have to fight in order to get a like Porter or a Thurman fight. That’s the way I feel, because we already fought each other.
“So if they fight one of them, it’s like they got an easy way to it. I would say they have to fight each other to get a shot at Thurman or Porter, since [Thurman and Porter] already fought each other. This little group fought each other, but they didn’t fight. And I think that’s what’s holding Spence back from getting the Thurman fight and the Porter fight.”
Spence (24-0, 21 KOs), the IBF welterweight champ, and Crawford (35-0, 24 KOs), who owns the WBO 147-pound title, aren’t expected to fight at any point in the near future (https://www.boxingscene.com/well-wait-way-longer-we-crawford-spence--133342).
Spence called out Porter in the immediate aftermath of Porter’s unanimous-decision win over Garcia on September 8.
Las Vegas’ Porter won the then-vacant WBC 147-pound title by beating Garcia. That championship was stripped from Thurman due to the often-injured fighter’s inactivity.
Thurman, of Clearwater, Florida, hasn’t fought since edging Garcia by split decision 20 months ago.
He reportedly has requested a rematch with Porter in attempt to win back his WBC championship. Porter lost a close unanimous decision to Thurman in their WBA welterweight championship match in June 2016 at Barclays Center.
Spence appears headed toward a late-February fight against WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs). Garcia will be a big underdog, but the 30-year-old Oxnard, California, native, is committed to moving up two weight classes to challenge Spence, a bigger, stronger southpaw from DeSoto, Texas.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.