Danny Garcia Vacates WBC Light Welterweight Title
PHILADELPHIA, PA — On Thursday, Danny Garcia announced he will vacate the WBC light welterweight title, a title he’s held since March 2012, and move up to the welterweight division.
The announcement isn’t particularly surprising since Garcia hasn’t fought at 140 pounds since March 2014 and has opted to stage recent bouts against undersized opponents at negotiated catch-weights. In his last fight at 140 pounds, against Mauricio Herrera, Garcia struggled to make weight and win against Herrera. Following that bout, Garcia fought twice more, against Rod Salka and Lamont Peterson (142 against Salka, 143 against Peterson) and didn’t defend the title in either performance. As a result, had Garcia not surrendered the belt, the World Boxing Council would have done him the honors and stripped him.
With Garcia’s departure, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced that #1 and #2 ranked fighters Viktor Postol and Lucas Matthysse will compete for the vacant title. Postol was Garcia’s mandatory while Matthysse fought himself up the ranks with wins against John Molina, Roberto Ortiz and Ruslan Provodnikov after being defeated by Garcia in September 2013. Should Garcia wish to return to the weight class, he will immediately be granted a title defense as the WBC gave the now former champion the designation of “champion emeritus.”
As part of the vast Al Haymon management stable, Garcia finds himself with a wealth of combatants to challenge at 147 pounds. Sharing real estate with Keith Thurman, Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter and even Floyd Mayweather, Garcia will likely find himself in a big money fight before the end of the year.