In what promises to be a doozy, Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter meet this Saturday, September 8th in a must-see, must-win affair. The vacant WBC Welterweight championship is at stake and the loser could very well find himself on the outside looking in; kicked out of the cool kid’s club consisting of elite 147-pound fighters exclusively. Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime Championship Boxing promote and present this event, which promises to alter the state of the division, live from Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn (8PM CST).
After beating Danny Garcia (34-1, 20 KO’s) for the World Boxing Council crown March 2017, Keith Thurman held the weight class hostage, for all intents and purposes. He added Garcia’s laurels to his WBA strap, had surgery on his right elbow, endured setbacks in rehab, planned and cancelled a “comeback” fight for Spring 2018 and has no date or opponent scheduled in the immediate future. Thankfully, the sanctioning body coerced Thurman into relinquishing his newly acquired WBC title on the promise he’d be the mandatory challenger for the winner of Garcia-Porter.
Garcia was crushed after the Thurman loss and to his credit, it was by split decision. Thurman seemed to be the clear winner to these eyes, but Danny certainly didn’t disgrace himself that night. He took 11 months off to reflect/regroup and returned with a “Knockout of the Year” level performance against Brandon Rios. Shortly afterwards, all hell broke loose.
Customarily laid-back, classy and respectful, Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) invaded the ring during the Garcia-Rios post-fight interview, a memorable verbal exchange ensued, and Garcia-Porter got the kickstart it needed.
This has all the makings of a fan-friendly action fight; Porter’s perpetually aggressive, applying athletic pressure, looking to get in close and fire away. Garcia’s a counterpuncher who usually gets the better of punching exchanges, and he’s never been terribly hard to find. Both men will eat their fair share of leather and momentum shifts are expected. Garcia’s better skilled and the harder puncher, but Porter is stronger, quicker and exudes determination.
This is a coin flip fight, meaning anyone can win in any round, but the hunch is Porter’s activity and physicality will keep him closer to Danny than Garcia would like, leading to close but clear unanimous decision win.