After winning the vacant WBC welterweight title earlier this year, Danny Garcia will in fact get another fight in 2016, but not a title defense.
Premier Boxing Champions announced Wednesday, via ESPN, that Garcia would be taking on Samuel Vargas in a 10-round nontitle contest on Nov. 12.
The bout is being setup as a prelude for a bigger fight shortly down the road in Garcia’s boxing career.
Vargas will be the “final hurdle” before a big welterweight unification bout is setup between Garcia and WBA champ Keith Thurman.
That bout is desired for some time in early 2017.
Vargas is largely an unknown fighter.
His only noteworthy opponent in his pro career thus far was Errol Spence Jr., and Vargas became one of Spence’s many knockout victims in April 2015.
Aside from that, Vargas holds a pro record of 25-2-1 with 13 knockouts.
The upcoming bout continues the trend of overmatched opponents on Garcia’s resume for the last several years.
It has been Garcia’s main criticism since he defeated Lucas Matthysse in 2013.
He followed up that performance against fringe contender Mauricio Herrera in a controversial bout that many thought Herrera had edged out Garcia in.
Then he faced a boxer much in the same vein as Vargas in Rod Salka, who he dominated in a three-round mismatch that ended in a brutal knockout.
Garcia took on Lamont Peterson next in a catchweight bout as Garcia was transitioning to welterweight after fighting in the junior welterweight division prior — Garcia made it out with a majority decision.
And after that Garcia took on two name-fighters past their prime in Paulie Malignaggi and Robert Guerrero, respectively.