Danny Garcia will take on Samuel Vargas in his hometown of Philadelphia on November 12 in a non-title bout.
The WBC welterweight champion is heading towards a possible unification showdown with WBA title holder Keith Thurman and the Vargas bout is expected to be Garcia’s final test before a unification fight between the pair.
Undefeated Garcia beat Robert Guerrero in his last bout in January to capture the WBC belt, while Vargas has been victorious in his last five fights since Errol Spence Jr. stopped him in April last year.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has revealed that they are allowing Garcia to take on Vargas in a non-title bout as the organisation wants to ensure the “best fights are made”.
“The idea of unifying with Keith Thurman in the future is very good. That is a mega fight and the WBC will always extend their support to ensure that the best fights are made,” Sulaiman is quoted by Boxing Scene.
“Because of this we granted Garcia the opportunity to [take a fight where he wouldn’t] defend the championship,
“The fight is going to be over 10 rounds. Garcia asked for our permission and his request was granted, because he is not in a mandatory period – as Amir Khan continues his recommended rehabilitation.”