By Steve Kim
For the past couple of years, former world champion Shawn Porter and his father/trainer, Kenny have made it clear that they wanted to face Danny Garcia.
They finally get that chance this Saturday night at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York as the main event on Showtime.
So why did this fight take so long to consummate?
Kenny Porter opined to BoxingScene.com - "I think the main roadblock was Danny didn't want to take that kind of fight. People can say whatever they want to say, however they want to say it in regards to Shawn and the way he fights and how aggressive he is, so on and so forth. But no one wants to be up against someone who's going to be throwing punches at them non-stop for 12 rounds and Danny didn't want that type of fight, I know he didn't.
"So it finally got to the point where it is now where I don't think he had anywhere else to turn and he had to take this fight because it was for the WBC(welterweight) title."
As the WBC stripped Keith Thurman for inactivity, the sanctioning body mandated Porter and Garcia to face off for the vacant title. And Porter's father believes it's the only reason it's happening now.
"I'm sure he never would've taken the fight," stated Porter, who pointed out, "there was the Adrian Granados fight, which Granados was the replacement because we couldn't get (Garcia) to take the fight. At that point in time we would have fought for the WBC interim title - he didn't do it.
"After we win the Granados fight, the WBC says Shawn and Danny should fight for the interim title, he never responds to it, at all. So things have played themselves out the way they have and now finally we're going to make this bout. But I'm sure it would've never came out, it would've never happened."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.