Shawn Porter’s father and trainer, Kenny Porter also added his input to the scenario and lifted the lid further on the negotiation process, saying after the unified WBA and WBC champion, Keith Thurman had been ruled out for the foreseeable future, a match with Garcia was earmarked as the best move going forward. “Of course we wanted Keith Thurman. That wasn’t going to happen for us. Keith had an elbow injury and some other stuff going on in his personal life. He got married, went to Kathmandu. I figured the next best guy – which the WBC said we could fight – was Danny Garcia.” Kenny Porter said
“I figured, ‘OK, that’s the next best thing. Let’s get it, let’s make it happen.’ Nah. But that’s who we we’re going for and we attempted to get that fight together on numerous occasions and there was absolutely no response from the camp of Garcia – Kenny Porter went on to explain his viewpoint “they wanted nothing to do with Shawn” Kenny Porter stated.