Garcia: Spence, Crawford Must Fight To Get Porter Or Thurman

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 “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 (

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 He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bossman15 on 11-07-2018

[QUOTE=TreJac;19251615]lame excuses coming from a Spence fanboy[/QUOTE] No Excuse I explained it quite easily plus Crawford never called Prograis or Ramirez out plus he has not cleaned no parts or any division out and has not knocked his opponents out…

Comment by Bossman15 on 11-07-2018

[QUOTE=TreJac;19251603]bull*****! Stop making excuses for Spence! Do you want to see the fight or not? Who cares about cleaning out your side first excuse talk! Spence is not fighting Thurman, Danny, or Porter anytime soon or ever![/QUOTE] And why is…

Comment by JWHardin on 11-07-2018

How long will it take for them to finally strip Thurman totally? Effing ridiculous. He needs to earn his way back, IF he comes back. He currently is insignificant on the welterweight scene. Notice Garcia didn't mention him fighting Spence.…

Comment by KnickTillDeaTh on 11-07-2018

[QUOTE=Usetoloveboxing;19253076]Only PBC fighter I ever saw cross the street was Jacob's against GGG. That would got knocked down and decisioned. I think they have some good welterweights, but we all know Bud isn't ducking any of them. They are all…

Comment by Usetoloveboxing on 11-06-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;19251672]Wrong! We ALL KNOW bob stalls & stops fights from happening & I say they all can mix it up & the networks can make it happen. It is also true that the wolves are at PBC that's why you…

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