Garcia vs Porter winner has to make two mandatory defenses of the WBC title!
Based on WBC rules, the winner of the vacant welterweight title is required to make two consecutive mandatory defenses.
The rules state the winner of a vacant title has to make back-to-back mandatory title defenses.
Keith Thurman, who ironically allowed this bout by vacating the title, will be one of the mandatory match-ups.
Mauricio Sauliman the president of the WBC had this to say on the matter:
“Thurman has the option to fight for the title if he is registering and ready,” said Sulaiman to ESPN Deportes. “And if he is not ready, then he will be one of the mandatory challengers. On the one hand we have Andre Berto or on the other hand the winner of the fight between Yordenis Ugas and Cesar Barrionuevo.”
It appears the winner will already have their next two fights planned out.
This potentially throws a wrench in the plans of having the winner face IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence in a unification bout.
However, since unification bouts take precedence, there is a possibility the winner could face Spence next.
Moreover, with Mauricio Sulaiman involved there’s a good chance he’ll allow an exception.
3kingsboxing.com will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
By: Jerrell Fletcher