Errol Spence waiting on Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter winner
By Dan Ambrose: Errol Spence Jr. says whoever emerges as the winner of the Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter match, he wants to fight them. Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) says he wants the winner of that fight to pick up the WBC welterweight title.
Garcia and Porter have been ordered by the World Boxing Council to fight for the recently vacated WBC 147lb title. There’s still not a date for the Garcia-Porter, but they’re supposed to be fighting each other soon. If not, then you have to assume that Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) has had second thoughts about fighting Porter. It’s a fight that would be very tough for the 30-year-old Garcia, who was beaten last year by Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman by a 12 round split decision.
Spence has a title defense coming up in less than one month against his IBF mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) on June 16 on Showtime Championship Boxing at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Ocampo is seen as just a live body that Spence will blast out. Ocampo is another one of the IBF’s odd choices for a mandatory.
“We gonna smoke,” Spence said to Fighthype when told that Danny Garcia has been trash talking him. “When he fights Shawn Porter, Whoever the winner is, I want to fight him. If everyone was in a rush to fight me, it would mean I’m bad in the ring or I wasn’t doing something so good when I was fighting my opponent,” Spence said.
Danny Garcia is almost surely not going to mix it up with Spence for a long, long time, and more than likely he’ll wait until his career is on skid-row with things dire for him. Garcia has to make up his mind whether he wants to be a championship level fighter anymore. If he does, then he’ll face Porter and scrape with him for the vacant WBC welterweight title. Spence is probably too dangerous for a limited fighter like Garcia, who should be back at 140 where he had a size advantage over his opponents. At welterweight, Garcia’s size isn’t big enough for him to dominate like he was doing at 140.
Spence’s hopes of fighting Thurman seem to be dimming judging by his comments. Spence wants WBA welterweight champion Thurman to give up his last remaining title so he can fight for it. Spence says Thurman is married now, and he’s happy. Spence seems to be implying that Thurman’s head is no longer in the boxing game now that he’s hooked up with a wife. Who knows what’s keeping Thurman from fighting, but Spence wants him to get out of the way so he can fight for his last belt.
“I don’t know. He’s found happiness. He got married,” Spence said about Thurman. “It’s good that he gave the belt up so I can fight for it and I fight that person. I don’t know what he’s doing and where he’s at and where his head’s at. If he’s retired, he’s retired. If he comes back, he comes back. All I ask him to do is release the belt,” Spence said.