WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia is heading for a return to action against predominant super-lightweight John Molina Jr. in October, according to prospective opponent Andre Berto.
Garcia and Berto had been in talks for some time about a possible clash for the 147 pound title, although everything changed over the last few days. Berto has claimed Garcia will be choosing Molina instead of him for what will be the first defense of his green and gold belt.
Taking the vacant belt in January to become two-weight world title holder against Robert Guerrero, Garcia has seemingly opted for a stay-busy outing as fights with Keith Thurman and Amir Khan loom on the horizon for 2017.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman recently informed World Boxing News that Khan would be able to challenge Garcia at his own convenience as the mandatory at welterweight, whilst Thurman told WBN this year that his main focus was to land a unification with ‘Swift’ this year.
Thurman is being forced to wait for his chance though until Khan confirms his own intentions regarding facing Garcia.
As per organisation rules, a unification with Thurman would overrule any encounter with Khan, but would leave Garcia with two potentially massive fights within the space of a few months as the Brit gets an opportunity at the winner.
For now, what looks to be a routine defense against Molina has been scoffed at by Berto who has to go back to the drawing board to nail down his own foe for later this year.
Berto last fought when exacting revenge on Victor Ortiz in April and currently holds the honour of being Floyd Mayweather’s final opponent in September 2015.