Danny Garcia Vacating His WBC Junior Welterweight Title, Matthysse VS Postol For Vacant Belt

Posted: June 11, 2015 in Breaking News
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garcia74In a move that was long overdue, the WBC has ordered that Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KO’s), must relinquish his WBC 140 pound title.  Garcia’s last title defense was in Puerto Rico on March 15th of 2014.  Garcia escaped with a controversial majority decision victory, even though almost everyone thought that Mauricio Herrera actually won the fight.  Since then, Garcia has fought twice, and both times they were non-title, catch weight fights.  The first was against a highly overmatched Rod Salka, who Garcia viciously knocked out in the second round.  After that he fought Lamont peterson in an extremely boring fight, but also did not put his title on the line.  Garcia escaped the Peterson fight with a majority decision victory as well.  The last great performance that we have seen from Garcia, came against Lucas Matthysse in September of 2014.  One must wonder if that performance was due to Garcia’s brilliance in the ring, or was he only brilliant because Matthysse’s eye closed up, and he couldn’t see Garcia’s punches coming?

With his last two fights being non-title catch weight bouts, Garcia has now scheduled a fight against Welterweight Paulie Malignaggi, which would obviously be another non-title, because Garcia will have to move up in weight.  Well, Iguess the WBC has seen enough.  They have requested that Garcia vacates his title, and rightfully so.  The fight against Peterson should have been a title fight, because both fighters are in the same weight class.  The junior welterweight division is crawling with talent, and the possible opponents for Garcia could be endless.  Some possibilities would be, Ruslan Provodnikov, Adrien Broner, Terence Crawford, or a heck of a rematch with Matthysse.  Garcia just doesn’t seem interested, and seems content with fighting lesser fighters.

Now that the WBC junior welterweight title is vacant, the commission has ordered #1WBC Viktor Postol (26-0, 11 KO’s), and #2WBC Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 1 NC, 34 KO’s), to fight for the vacant title.  Matthysse would have much rather taken the title from Garcia, in a fight I believe he would win, but beggars can’t be choosers I guess.  Postol has never fought an elite fighter, so it will be interesting to see how he will fare against Matthysse, but it should be one heck of a fight.  Lucas Matthysse is coming off of a spectacular performance against fellow 140 pounder Ruslan Provodnikov.  He was sensational in their fight, and pretty much rearranged Provo’s face.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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