Shawn Porter is waiting to see if the World Boxing Council will order him to take part in a showdown for the interim-WBC welterweight world title.

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman told ESPN Deportes that he's going to order an interim-title fight because the current champion Keith Thurman is unlikely to return to the ring until the early part of 2018.

Thurman, who also owns the WBA world title, captured the WBC belt in March with a twelve round decision over Danny Garcia.

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, a few days ago it was revealed that Thurman would not be ready to fight until the first quarter of 2018.

Sulaiman indicated that they are looking for the best ranked fighters, who are ready and available, to order the match. The WBC will likely order the two highest ranked fighters to collide, and if either on them refuse then the sanctioning body will go down the list to the next available contender.

Currently, the WBC's number one ranked fighter is Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) and Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) is sitting in the number two slot.

Both boxers are advised by Al Haymon and fight under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.

"That fight is not official yet but as we said publicly, I am ready to fight anyone out there, especially someone like Danny Garcia," Porter told Sky Sports.

"I believe that is a really good fight for me and the fight fans as well, but a lot of things are speculated but never happen due to the economics and if the other side want it to happen. If a belt is on the line or something is on the line, Danny Garcia will fight me. If he's just fighting me for money or exposure, I don't think he'll do it. I think with the WBC kind of demanding it, it kind of puts more pressure on Danny Garcia but it's still if he wants that fight and when."

"I was on the understanding that the fight with Andre Berto was a title eliminator. We won but we weren't completely satisfied, we would have rather been in there against Keith Thurman but we did that [Berto] for a reason - just to get back at Keith Thurman. They are trying to put another obstacle in our way. Whether or not we have to jump over that obstacle remains to be seen but if it's made that way we'll deal with it."