WBC Prez: Thurman Has To Fight Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia!

By Miguel Rivera

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has revealed that his organization granted a special permit to welterweight champion Keith Thurman, so he could make an optional defense on May 19th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

However, following that voluntary defense - Thurman is then bound to fulfill back to back mandatory obligations - against Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia.

"On Saturday Danny won the eliminator (against Brandon Rios), but Thurman has a voluntary because of the injury that he had - but after that he has to do a mandatory with Porter and Garcia. At the end fight from last Saturday, Porter went up to the ring to challenge Garcia and we are going to see if they are actually going to face each other. But yes, they are the two mandatory challengers," said Sulaiman to ESPN Deportes.


Thurman won a close twelve round unanimous decision over Porter in 2016.

Then last March, Thurman won a close twelve round split decision over Garcia to unify the WBC, WBA welterweight titles.

After that fight, Thurman underwent surgery to correct an elbow injury and he's been out of the ring ever since.

He's yet to finalize an opponent for his planned return in May.

Porter became the mandatory challenger after knocking out Andre Berto in the first half of 2017, and then solidified that position by winning a decision over Adrian Granados in the fall.

Garcia also won a final eliminator, as previously noted, by knocking out Brandon Rios last Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

After that fight, Porter entered the ring and had a war of words with Garcia on national television.

If Thurman is bound to facing Porter and Garcia in back to back fashion (unless Porter and Garcia face each other), then a showdown between Thurman and IBF champion Errol Spence is not likely until at least the second of 2019.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 02-27-2018

[QUOTE=CLUE;18515337]The two biggest names in combat sports is a match up. Because a large enough crowd was convinced Conor had a legit chance.[/QUOTE] Okay so would you pay 100 bucks to se Floyd/Errol?

Comment by b00g13man on 02-25-2018

Wow! I missed this news. Such a lame organisation.

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 02-25-2018

[QUOTE=ironfriend;18518515] the public is demanding the Spence fight..[/QUOTE] no they arent. boxing nerds are demanding that fight. spence just had his first SHO main event as the A-side. ratings were nothing special. give the kid a little time to be…

Comment by ironfriend on 02-25-2018

[QUOTE=Sheldon312;18505065]How is Keith a coward? These are mandatories are they not?[/QUOTE] All he has to do is request a voluntary unification, especially since he already beat both these guys and the public is demanding the Spence fight.. If anyone other…

Comment by CLUE on 02-24-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18511988]If only that were true. May/Mac did very well & that wasn't much of a match up.[/QUOTE] The two biggest names in combat sports is a match up. Because a large enough crowd was convinced Conor had a legit chance.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (103)
Top Headlines Wilder vs. Fury, Joshua vs. Povetkin - CompuBox Final 4 Analysis Frank Warren Breaks Down Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin Takam: If Povetkin Starts Slow, He'll Get Slaughtered By Joshua Ryan Garcia: Canelo Beats Golovkin Even Easier in Third Fight Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo-GGG, Mayweather, Munguia, More Luke Campbell Very Confident as He Enters Mendy Rematch Bellew: Povetkin Should Be Banned, Not Getting Joshua Shot Wilder, Fury Promises Explosive Drama When They Collide Ivan Baranchyk vs. Anthony Yigit Added To Prograis-Flanagan Jermell Charlo Raises Hand To Face Floyd Mayweather in Return Jon Fernandez: We Just Had a Bad Game Plan For This Fight Canelo-GGG, Mayweather-Pacquiao - A Gem & a Pending Sham Foster Out-Boxes, Upsets Jon Fernandez in ShoBox Main Event Irvin Gonzalez Busier, Easily Beats Carlos Ramos Canelo Vows Quick Return: I Want To Fight in December Steven Ortiz Edges Wesley Ferrer By Majority Decision Misael Lopez Beats James Wilkins By Unanimous Decision Joshua: I'm The Best in The Division, No Doubt, It's Been Proven! Povetkin: I'm as Strong as Joshua, I Was Weaker With Klitschko Wilder, Fury Sign Contracts - Tour Begins on October 1 in London Luis Nery vs. Jason Conoy For WBC Silver, on October 6 Wilder-Fury Announcement Next Week; Likely 12/1, Staples Center Photos: Jayson Velez, Orlando Cruz - Ready For Puerto Rico Battle Joshua's Coach: Povetkin is Not Parker or Takam - He's Top Level Dutchover: Aguilar Won't Stop Me From Reaching Title Goal Sanchez: Golovkin a Little Angry Vegas Favors The House Fighter Povetkin: I Will Give Everything, It's One of My Last Big Chances Whyte: If Chisora Fights Me, It Will Be His Last Fight Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juanma Lopez - Square Up at Presser Photos: Campbell vs. Mendy, Okolie vs. Askin - Ready For Battle Photos: David Price, Sergey Kuzmin - Vow Fireworks at Wembley Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Ready For War Munguia Satisfied With Adjustments, Saw Canelo as Big Winner Badou Jack: Stevenson on different level than guys Gvozdyk beat Joshua Out-Weighs Povetkin By Almost 25 Pounds In London Hopkins: Canelo Flipped Script On Golovkin, Walked Him Down David Price: Beating Sergey Kuzmin Can Be Life-Changing Joshua vs. Povetkin: Chris Kongo, John Docherty Added James Wilkins' Big Moment Has Arrived in ShoBox Debut Amir Khan Tells Anthony Joshua To Head To America For Legacy

Latest Active Forum Threads