Unified Welterweight Champion, Keith Thurman, has voluntarily vacated his WBC title while he recovers from both elbow surgery and a hand injury he picked up while in training camp last month.
After a conversation with WBC president, Mauricio Sulaiman, Thurman decided to vacate his title, paving the way for Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter, the WBC’s top two title contenders to fight each other for the belt until Thurman has fully recovered.
“Due to my rehabilitation from my injuries, I agreed to relinquish my WBC title at this time. I continue to rehab my hand and elbow, and I look forward to getting back in the ring this summer. This is a temporary setback, and I will be the unified champion once again and look forward to winning back my WBC title as soon as possible,” said Thurman.
“Keith Thurman, unfortunately, has suffered two consecutive injuries that have kept him out of the ring after his sensational victory over Danny Garcia and he has graciously relinquished his title, and the WBC has mandated that Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter will fight for the title,” said Mauricio Sulaiman. “Keith will have a direct path to fight for the title once he has healed just as Vitali Klitschko and other WBC champions have done in the past. Keith is a tremendous athlete, champion and role model. The WBC will support him completely during this difficult time.”