Former welterweight champions Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter will meet on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Barclays Center for the vacant WBC title.
In one of the most anticipated fights of 2018, former welterweight champions Danny “Swift” Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) and Shawn “Showtime” Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) will fight one another for the vacant WBC welterweight title Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY.
The WBC belt became vacant once former champion Keith “One Time” Thurman was stripped of the title after being unable to defend the title since his split decision victory over Garcia in March of 2017 as he continues to recover from elbow surgery.
Both Garcia and Porter are aggressive fighters that like to force the action. So we should be in store for an all-out slugfest on Sept. 8.
Garcia has one of the most impressive resumes in the sport with victories over Amir Khan, Erik Morales, Zab Judah, Lucas Matthysse, Paulie Malignaggi and Lamont Peterson.
Porter has a solid resume as well with wins over former welterweight champions Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Devon Alexander.
The bad blood between Garcia and Porter began in February following Garcia’s knockout victory over Brandon Rios when Porter entered the ring and challenged him to a fight. The two men engaged in a verbal assault on one another before being separated. Now, these two will get to settle their differences with their fists instead of their mouths.
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Both men showed confidence in their ability during the press conference.
“I’m going to force Danny Garcia to fight me, to be uncomfortable and to do things he’s not used to doing in a fight. If Danny comes in being defensive and trying to hold, it may last a while. But if he comes and tries to trade with me and prove something to himself, then it will end fast.” said Porter.
Garcia who lost the WBC to Thurman last March is highly motivated to recapture his title.
“I’m excited and motivated to go in there and recapture what’s mine,” said Garcia. “The WBC title belongs to me. Come Sept. 8, I’m going to prove that I’m the best fighter in the world. My loss is behind me and it’s given me a chip on my shoulder to run that extra mile and train even harder. I know that Shawn Porter is not on my level. I’m coming to fight him in the middle of the ring and I’m going to beat him at his game.”
The winner of this fight would notch the most impressive win of their career and would deserve to be mentioned in the top 10 pound for pound conversation. The loser will have to go back to the drawing board in the heavily talented welterweight division.
Tickets for the fight are available and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.
The fight will be broadcast live on Showtime Championship Boxing at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.