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WBC makes Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero bout a world-title fight

WBC makes Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero bout a world-title fight
Danny Garcia, left, in 2012; Robert Guerrero in 2010 (David Becker / Getty Images; Gabriel Bouys / AFP/Getty Images)

The World Boxing Council has designated the Jan. 23 Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero fight at Staples Center the bout for the world-title belt left vacant by retired Floyd Mayweather Jr.

England's Amir Khan was selected the mandatory challenger.

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The unbeaten Garcia (31-0, 18 knockouts) previously won the WBC's junior-welterweight (140 pounds) belt after beating Khan by fourth-round knockout in 2012.

Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) has twice lost when fighting for a welterweight belt – in 2013 to Mayweather, and last year against World Boxing Assn. "world" champion Keith Thurman.

The Gilroy product has been a featherweight and super-featherweight world champion previously.

The WBC also selected a bout between former world champions Lamont Peterson and Andre Berto as a fight to establish a second mandatory behind Khan, who hasn't fought since May.

Additionally, with Mayweather also leaving the 154-pound division, the WBC selected the Jermell Charlo-John Jackson fight for its vacant super-welterweight belt.

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