Shawn Porter believes the time has come for Danny Garcia to finally accept a fight with him.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Porter said he believes there is enough incentive for Garcia to finally accept a fight with the former WBC welterweight champion. Porter and Garcia have been ordered to fight for the WBC welterweight title vacated by Keith Thurman.
"I do, I think he's game for this fight. For a long time I have always considered what it would take for Danny Garcia to fight me understanding the incentives he needs to fight me and I think now coming off that win he had against Brandon Rios and being able to take me on to win back the WBC title, it's enough incentive for him to fight. Along with of course the money he'll make as well as his sense of being the A-side fighter," Porter said.
The two boxers have been feuding for almost a year when Porter came out dressed as The Undertaker on social media and called out Garcia. Later in 2017, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman had intended to order an interim title fight between Garcia and Porter, but the fight was never ordered. Porter won two title eliminators in 2017 to become Thurman's WBC mandatory challenger.
Garcia defeated Brandon Rios earlier this year to become Thurman's secondary challenger. During a post-fight interview with Showtime, Porter stormed the ring to further call out Garcia. Once Thurman vacated his belt, the WBC immediately ordered Garcia vs. Porter, previously planned to be an interim title fight, to fight for the vacant title.
In regards to when a fight could take place, the WBC has said that a purse bid is scheduled to take place towards the end of May so that the fight can take place sometime in August or September.