Sunday, February 14, 2016

Garcia's next fight will be a non-title bout

Danny Garcia will fight on August 9, but the world champion from Juniata Park will not be defending his pair of light welterweight titles.

Garcia's next fight will be a non-title bout

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Danny Garcia. (Matt Rourke/AP file photo)
Danny Garcia. (Matt Rourke/AP file photo)

Danny Garcia will fight on August 9, but the world champion from Juniata Park will not be defending his pair of light welterweight titles.

Golden Boy Promotion’s Robert Diaz confirmed in an email on Wednesday morning that Garcia’s match against Rod Salka at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be a non-title bout.

The World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association – the two organizations which Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) holds titles from – both decided to not sanction the bout because Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) is not ranked by either organization. The WBC ranks 40 light welterweights on its website and Salka is not listed. The WBA ranks 15 light welterweights and Salka is not listed.

The 31-year-old Salka is from Western Pennsylvania and has lost two of his last six bouts. It was considered a surprise last month when Golden Boy announced that Garcia would fight Salka. Many expected the 26-year-old Garcia to meet IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson, who will defend his title on the same card.

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