EXCLUSIVE: Nevada chief explains Danny Garcia remains suspended
Former unified welterweight champion Danny Garcia remains inactive despite an order by the World Boxing Council to fight Shawn Porter for the vacant title at 147 pounds.
Garcia defeated Brandon Rios in February to seal his place alongside Porter for the title made available due to a long-term injury suffered by Keith Thurman, although Nevada State Athletic Commission Chief Executive Bob Bennett says ‘Swift’ needs to prove his fitness before being licensed.
“Danny Garcia is currently suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Garcia must have both hands x-rayed to rule out any fractures. If positive, then he must have an orthopedic doctor clear him by August 18, 2018,” Bennett exclusively told World Boxing News.
The World Boxing Council’s order for the welterweight championship has therefore been stalled, with a provisional date of September 8th pencilled in for the fight once Garcia has the expected all-clear.
Below is the WBC situation at Welterweight:
What was ordered:
Champion Keith Thurman, who is recovering from an injury, is scheduled to return to the ring in January. Mandatory challenger Shawn Porter is scheduled to fight Adrian Granados on November 4 for the WBC Silver title.
Shawn Porter defeated Adrian Granados by UD12 on November 4, 2017 and won the vacant silver title.
Thurman will return in a voluntary defense in April.
Shawn Porter mandatory.
Victor Ortiz defeated Devon Alexander BY MD12 in an eliminator fight on February 17 in Las Vegas.
Danny Garcia defeated Brandon Rios by KOT9 in a final eliminator for the second mandatory, on February 17 in Las Vegas.
Qudratillo Abdukakhorov defeated Laszlo Toth by UD12 on March 17 in Malaysia and won the vacant silver title.
Jessie Vargas and Adrien Browne drew in an elimination fight on April 21 in New York.
Keith Thurman relinquished his title due to injuries and has the rights to challenge for the title whenever he is ready.
Shawn Porter vs. Danny Garcia for the vacant championship.