Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero to fight for vacant WBC welterweight title on January 23

13/01/2016 10:00

Unbeaten American Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) and countryman Robert Guerrero (33-3, 18 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBC welterweight title on January 23 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Floyd Mayweather Jr was stripped of the belt due to him retiring.

The WBC had orginally stated that they would be having a tournament to determine the new champion, but they obviously gave up on that idea.

Garcia, 27, who knocked out former welterweight and light welterweight world champion Paulie Malignaggi in the 9th round in his first fight at welterweight in August, vacated his WBC light welterweight title to move up to 147 pounds.

And now the WBC have put Garcia in a good position to win their WBC welterweight title when he takes on the faded Guerrero.

Former super featherweight and featherweight world champion Guerrero, 32, lost a one-sided decision to Keith Thurman in March and then struggled to a split-decision victory against club fighter Aaron Martinez in June in his two most recent fights.

The WBC have ordered the winner of Garcia-Guerrero to defend the title against Britain's Amir Khan.