WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford will meet WBC belt holder Viktor Postol on July 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be a rubber match between two undefeated boxers and for The Ring and lineal light welterweight titles.
The Ukranian prizefighter Viktor Postol has raised up the ranks with a notable win against the hard-hitting Argentine Lucas Mathysse. The latter was a solid favorite coming into the fight, but was knocked out by Postol with a straight right hand on the tenth.
Viktor Postol intends to keep his winning streak rolling by fighting Terence Crawford the way he always have- by using his reach advantage. Postol is a rangy fighter. He had a 5-inch reach advantage against Mathysse, and 4 inches against Terence Crawford. He uses his jab well and fights tall. He goes heavy on the 1-2-3 combinations, and uses his left as a lever.
However, Terence Crawford doesn’t see any problem with this and says, “He’s a tall fighter, tries to control the distance, use his jab and reach. That’s about it.”
World-renowned boxing trainer and Viktor Postol’s coach Freddie Roach thinks Crawford vs Postol will be a very exciting match up. He believes the way to beat Terence Crawford is by overcoming his speed.
Terence Crawford is regarded as one of the best boxers out there today, pound for pound. If one has watched Terence Crawford vs Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2014, it was clearly one of his defining moments as a fighter.
It showed how well Crawford could adjust against a real tough opponent. He was behind on points early on, but knocked down Gamboa on the fifth. He was hurt during the fight, but he never lost focus and went on to floor Gamboa on the 8th and twice on the 10th to win by TKO.
The light-footed Terence Crawford could step in, weave his way against the taller Postol and clip him with a right hand, where Postol is most vulnerable. Experts believe his versatility and talent will be enough to overcome Viktor Postol’s physical advantages.
The bout will be shown on HBO pay-per-view in the US, which will be the first for both fighters.