This upcoming Saturday sees the return of WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia to the ring in his home town of Philadelphia, USA. Danny shall be facing Samuel Vargas which has caused outrage in the blatant pick of this opponent by Garcia’s team. Vargas is a former foe of Errol Spence who Spence knocked out in four rounds, Never competed in a scheduled twelve round fight and to be frank i do not blame Vargas for taking an opportunity to face Garcia. The WBC have refused to sanction this fight and so the bout itself will not even have the WBC welterweight world title on the line. The WBC belt is arguably the most famous world title in boxing and again for the third time in his career, Garcia wont be defending a world title/s he has currently Procession (1st time around was against Rod Salka (WBC & WBA super lightweight titles) in August 2014 and Lamont Peterson in April 2015. Lamont also did not defend his title against Garcia in the bout also which at the time was the IBF super lightweight world title).
The blow of the title not being contested in this bout has been softened with the news that an unification between Garcia and Keith Thurman has been agreed for March of next year. The bout will have Garcia’s WBC welterweight title and Thurman’s WBA welterweight title on the line in a location yet to be announced. Boxing fans will be hoping and praying that this bout goes ahead as it will go a long way to answering a lot of questions regarding who is the best welterweight in the world. Particularity now former king Floyd Mayweather is in retirement and the various champions at welterweight are vying for unification’s with Kell Brook (IBF holder) and Manny Pacquiao (WBO) the other main champions.
The chief support to this weekends bill is Javier Fortuna who faces Omar Douglas. The bout is scheduled to take place at lightweight with Javier seeking the winner of Stephen Smith and Jason Sosa who fight this weekend with Sosa defending his WBA super featherweight world title. So a move back down in weight cannot be ruled out for Fortuna. Reports are suggesting that contractually the winner of the Sosa v Smith bout has to face Fortuna regardless in their next bout. Fortuna was previously WBA super featherweight world champion. Omar Douglas is unbeaten as a professional with 17 straight wins with 12 knockouts and will be his first bout on a large promotion of this scale. Douglas a popular figure in the state of Delaware and has ambitions of major titles himself. The 25 year old still has time on his side and even a defeat to Fortuna is not the end of the world, Fortuna is extremely highly regarded in world boxing with extreme talents.
The last of the major bouts on this card features the highly regarded Jarrett Hurd who faces former world title challenger Jo Jo Dan. Jarrett Hurd in his two bouts has stepped up in class in terms of his opposition facing at the time undefeated Frank Galarza, who Hurd defeated in round 6 with a stoppage. Then recently in June of this year defeated previously undefeated Oscar Molina, who Heard also stopped in round 10 of their bout. Jo Jo Dan, well known to British fans for his bout with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook in which Dan was blown out in four rounds. Dan has only fought once since his defeat to Kell in March of 2015 and that was in September of that year against Rafal Jackiewicz over 8 rounds.
The action can be seen in the US on 12 of November live on Spike TV. No UK broadcaster has picked up this bout at time of press for live broadcast.