Terence Crawford Wins a Third Belt and Other Post-Fight Notes

Terence Crawford Wins – Speed kills. It’s an expression often mouthed by college football recruiters. It’s applicable to boxing too as Terence Crawford demonstrated on Saturday, July 23, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He was simply too fast for his Ukrainian adversary, Victor Postol, who stalked him but couldn’t catch him; Crawford was too elusive.

Call it a cat-and-mouse game or a chess match, but whatever it was it wasn’t a fight for the ages. Postol had a few good moments – notably in the final round when he was in a desperation mode – but overall his effort was disappointing because he was reluctant to exchange with Crawford. He had his finger on the trigger all the while, but waited for his quarry to become a stationary target and Crawford was too smart for that.

Postol brushed the canvas twice in the fifth frame, legitimate knockdowns although he wasn’t hurt, and had a point deducted in Round 11 for hitting Crawford behind the head. The final scores were 117-108 and 118-107 twice.

Crawford now holds the WBO and WBC 140-pound belts. At the post-fight press conference he was awarded a third belt, The Ring magazine belt which by rule is only on the line when a fight pits the  #1 man against the man rated #2 in The Ring rankings. The belt was presented to him by the magazine’s editor Michael Rosenthal.

Here are some more post-fight notes harvested by TSS correspondent Kid Hersh:

Crawford said that Viktor Postol did not really come to fight, instead coming to counterpunch because for every step forward he took Postol took one backwards.  Crawford said his game plan was to take away Postol’s jab and counter the right hand.

Crawford gave big props to sparring partner Maurice Hooker, who pushed him hard in camp.  Crawford plans on “just chilling out” after his big win.

Postol said that he did his best to make it a good fight but that Crawford did not come to exchange with him.  He pressed forward all night and tried to make a good fight for the fans but lost to the better man.

Postol thought that the point deduction in the eleventh round for hitting behind the head was “disrespectful” due to Crawford never getting warned for other infractions.

Oscar Valdez, who blasted out Argentina’s Matias Rueda in the second round to win the WBO World featherweight title, was elated and doing as many interviews as he possibly could.  On the fast knockout he said “I did not know it would end that quick, I thought it would go to a decision.”

Ryoto Murata hopes to win a world title soon and bolstered his chances with a first round knockout of maladroit George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah.  Bob Arum came to the podium and said “I see my friend Tom Loeffler (Gennady Golovkin’s promoter) in the audience. Maybe we can set up a fight between Ryoto and Golovkin in the Toyko Bowl.  You know what happened to Mr. Tyson there”

Oleksandr Gvozdyk, who had to come off the deck to stop Tommy Karpency, said that he had “a very bad showing” and a tough start to overcome. He went on to say that after the third round he knew that he had his man, but yet was disappointed in his showing. He promised to impress the fans next time out.

Check out highlights and complete results in this Boxing Channel video.

Terence Crawford Wins / Photo by Al Applerose.

COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

Those are some interesting comments by Crawford, blaming the unsavory and tedious lack of action on Postol. Especially When he chewed up great stretches of the clock circling the ring and neither fighter landing more than a couple of punches of note per round. I heard that speed kills, but the extreme overuse of lateral movement will kill any fight. Used intermittently, like the way Floyd moved just enough to offset PAC is one thing. But using it excessively transforms a boxing event into another sport entirely.....tag....hide and seek. Just ruins the event. I never thought Crawford would resort to such underwhelming tactics. Its not so much about who won, I still consider both men equal in skill and stature. Its about not being able to get any bang for my bucks. Even if that were not the case, I would have been happy just to have seen a one sided performance. A beat down, a TKO, even a rout would have been preferrable as long as Bud won. But what I saw didn't even resemble a fight. The morning after such an incredible matchup should have paid homage to the contestants and lit up the web with fans making comments about the beautiful display of heart tenacity and skill used. Instead the morning after is filled with a high volume of PPV buyers remorse and both fighters blaming the lack of activity on the other guy. "I was trying to press the fight but Crawford ran" "Every time I took a step forward Postol took a step back" After Crawford broke through with a decisive and punishing 5th round. He effectively took the audience out of it. ....By sitting on the lead, refusing to engage and forcing Postol (a natural counter puncher) to chase him around the ring for the duration of the fight. If the fight had been fought like the 12th and 11th Rounds I would not be having this conversation. Good luck with Crawford trying to sell the public on buying a PPV fight with Pacquiao, fool me once ..... but fool me twice.....( you know how it goes ) It was boxing that took a heavy blow to the chin


-ArneK. :

Nice brownsugar, nice. Crawford fought a smart fight but it wasn't a fan friendly fight and unfortunately may have eroded the gains made by Porter vs. Crawford.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Those are some interesting comments by Crawford, blaming the unsavory and tedious lack of action on Postol. Especially When he chewed up great stretches of the clock circling the ring and neither fighter landing more than a couple of punches of note per round. I heard that speed kills, but the extreme overuse of lateral movement will kill any fight. Used intermittently, like the way Floyd moved just enough to offset PAC is one thing. But using it excessively transforms a boxing event into another sport entirely.....tag....hide and seek. Just ruins the event. I never thought Crawford would resort to such underwhelming tactics. Its not so much about who won, I still consider both men equal in skill and stature. Its about not being able to get any bang for my bucks. Even if that were not the case, I would have been happy just to have seen a one sided performance. A beat down, a TKO, even a rout would have been preferrable as long as Bud won. But what I saw didn't even resemble a fight. The morning after such an incredible matchup should have paid homage to the contestants and lit up the web with fans making comments about the beautiful display of heart tenacity and skill used. Instead the morning after is filled with a high volume of PPV buyers remorse and both fighters blaming the lack of activity on the other guy. "I was trying to press the fight but Crawford ran" "Every time I took a step forward Postol took a step back" After Crawford broke through with a decisive and punishing 5th round. He effectively took the audience out of it. ....By sitting on the lead, refusing to engage and forcing Postol (a natural counter puncher) to chase him around the ring for the duration of the fight. If the fight had been fought like the 12th and 11th Rounds I would not be having this conversation. Good luck with Crawford trying to sell the public on buying a PPV fight with Pacquiao, fool me once ..... but fool me twice.....( you know how it goes ) It was boxing that took a heavy blow to the chin
On one hand, I get where you are coming from because I paid $59.99 for the ppv. However, as a boxing purist I was satisfied with the overall card. Valdez is very talented and I look forward to him moving up to 130 after he cleans out 126. Lomachenko schooled Valdez in the amateurs but I would like to see them face off now. Then there is Gary Russel, etc. Valdez has talent and I look forward to seeing him grow and develop. Back to Crawford vs. Postol. If you didn't care for Crawford's performance last night then I know there are plenty of Mayweather Jr. fight that you definitely were upset about. Crawford boxed last night and was hitting on all cylinders. Postol was unable to adjust and looked like he had a poor training camp. He was not prepared for Crawford's southpaw stance, which is something that everyone fighting him should be prepared for. He couldn't cut off the ring and I agree with Crawford in that Postol did not want to exchange with him. Postol looked like he was ready to go in 11th but Crawford took his foot off the gas. It was a master class boxing lesson that Crawford administered last night and my real question is are the elite at 147 ready for him? Can you imagine Crawford vs. Thurman or Crawford vs. Spence? A lot of good legacy defining match ups await him at 147.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Nice brownsugar, nice. Crawford fought a smart fight but it wasn't a fan friendly fight and unfortunately may have eroded the gains made by Porter vs. Crawford.
Crawford defeats Porter and Thurman in my opinion. Whether or not all of his fights are going to be fan friendly is irrelevant in my opinion. Like Floyd Mayweather before him, he will force the haters and boxing pundits to respect him as long as he keeps winning. Not all fights are going to be exciting because as the saying goes, "styles make fights."


-Domenic :

Those are some interesting comments by Crawford, blaming the unsavory and tedious lack of action on Postol. Especially When he chewed up great stretches of the clock circling the ring and neither fighter landing more than a couple of punches of note per round. I heard that speed kills, but the extreme overuse of lateral movement will kill any fight. Used intermittently, like the way Floyd moved just enough to offset PAC is one thing. But using it excessively transforms a boxing event into another sport entirely.....tag....hide and seek. Just ruins the event. I never thought Crawford would resort to such underwhelming tactics. Its not so much about who won, I still consider both men equal in skill and stature. Its about not being able to get any bang for my bucks. Even if that were not the case, I would have been happy just to have seen a one sided performance. A beat down, a TKO, even a rout would have been preferrable as long as Bud won. But what I saw didn't even resemble a fight. The morning after such an incredible matchup should have paid homage to the contestants and lit up the web with fans making comments about the beautiful display of heart tenacity and skill used. Instead the morning after is filled with a high volume of PPV buyers remorse and both fighters blaming the lack of activity on the other guy. "I was trying to press the fight but Crawford ran" "Every time I took a step forward Postol took a step back" After Crawford broke through with a decisive and punishing 5th round. He effectively took the audience out of it. ....By sitting on the lead, refusing to engage and forcing Postol (a natural counter puncher) to chase him around the ring for the duration of the fight. If the fight had been fought like the 12th and 11th Rounds I would not be having this conversation. Good luck with Crawford trying to sell the public on buying a PPV fight with Pacquiao, fool me once ..... but fool me twice.....( you know how it goes ) It was boxing that took a heavy blow to the chin
Nice. This reminded me of the adage, win tonight, and look good next time. I WAY overrated Postol. He looked horrendous. He had absolutely no clue how to cut off the ring, and also looked like he couldn't have hurt TC with the ringpost. His stock dropped like Enron just before the fall. Hell, I think the punches landed were like 6 apiece the first 3 rounds. It didn't get much better thereafter. Crawford should've closed the show. A terrible coming out party for PPV. But this event was memorable only for futility. Kellerman was referencing SRL-Hearns early, and wow, this was the anti that. Ugly night, but look better next time. Postol, he's an undercard guy going forward on network fights. Just a warm body filler. Tragic night for him, career-wise. This thing was a dud. Honestly, the best case scenario is this sold extremely low on PPV, and just move on with scant mention of it. Remember, casual boxing fans have Alzheimer's, and this probably wasn't seen on a large scale.


-brownsugar :

Points taken Domenic and SRD. Im glad Crawford won, but I never figured him for a guy who would just not engage and sit on a lead for long periods of time. Even Mayweather doesn't wear out his welcome in that fashion. Floyd made it a point to show he could win anywhere in the ring. If Crawford didn't have the utmost respect for Postols boxing abiliry , why would he need to take the stinker approach in the first place to win the fight. Throwing a dozen or less punches around.... you can't call Postol average after he forced Crawford to utilize the ugliest strategy in boxing. This fact alone should speak to Postol's worth as a top talent. If Pistol was the average opponent, wouldn't Crawford have closed the show as he's done in his last three fights? I think Postol is being dismissed when he was the reason for Crawford adopting the crappy technique in the first place. At least Crawford fought him so we can't take that away. So much for Postol, he will bounce back yet still be avoided and Crawford I'm sure will redeem himself at some point but 140 will be his best weight class. Looking backnon the fight Postol was ahead by one point going into the fifth. Credit to Crawford for gaining and maintaining the lead but the manner in which he did it after round five was not conducive to the health of the sport. There have been many good fights this year and and many more are scheduled, So boxing is certainly not dead. I'm just very disappointed after paying money to watch an expensive game of hide and seek. Enjoy the fights.


-Radam G :

On one hand, I get where you are coming from because I paid $59.99 for the ppv. However, as a boxing purist I was satisfied with the overall card. Valdez is very talented and I look forward to him moving up to 130 after he cleans out 126. Lomachenko schooled Valdez in the amateurs but I would like to see them face off now. Then there is Gary Russel, etc. Valdez has talent and I look forward to seeing him grow and develop. Back to Crawford vs. Postol. If you didn't care for Crawford's performance last night then I know there are plenty of Mayweather Jr. fight that you definitely were upset about. Crawford boxed last night and was hitting on all cylinders. Postol was unable to adjust and looked like he had a poor training camp. He was not prepared for Crawford's southpaw stance, which is something that everyone fighting him should be prepared for. He couldn't cut off the ring and I agree with Crawford in that Postol did not want to exchange with him. Postol looked like he was ready to go in 11th but Crawford took his foot off the gas. It was a master class boxing lesson that Crawford administered last night and my real question is are the elite at 147 ready for him? Can you imagine Crawford vs. Thurman or Crawford vs. Spence? A lot of good legacy defining match ups await him at 147.
Bud beats Thurman with a bit of difficulty. He beats E-Spence with ease. He chops Danny "$Wift" G up. He kayos Broner. Some peeps are blinded to the stealth skills of pugilism. Both Da Manny and Money May are too darn old to be messing with T-Craw. He is the new pound-pound-pound sheriff in da game. Only Micky G can give him a decent challenge. Pundits and trolls were out of their darn minds to believe that Postol could roll with Bud. Holla!


-King Beef :

Points taken Domenic and SRD. Im glad Crawford won, but I never figured him for a guy who would just not engage and sit on a lead for long periods of time. Even Mayweather doesn't wear out his welcome in that fashion. Floyd made it a point to show he could win anywhere in the ring. If Crawford didn't have the utmost respect for Postols boxing abiliry , why would he need to take the stinker approach in the first place to win the fight. Throwing a dozen or less punches around.... you can't call Postol average after he forced Crawford to utilize the ugliest strategy in boxing. This fact alone should speak to Postol's worth as a top talent. If Pistol was the average opponent, wouldn't Crawford have closed the show as he's done in his last three fights? I think Postol is being dismissed when he was the reason for Crawford adopting the crappy technique in the first place. At least Crawford fought him so we can't take that away. So much for Postol, he will bounce back yet still be avoided and Crawford I'm sure will redeem himself at some point but 140 will be his best weight class. Looking backnon the fight Postol was ahead by one point going into the fifth. Credit to Crawford for gaining and maintaining the lead but the manner in which he did it after round five was not conducive to the health of the sport. There have been many good fights this year and and many more are scheduled, So boxing is certainly not dead. I'm just very disappointed after paying money to watch an expensive game of hide and seek. Enjoy the fights.
I certainly didn't think it was gonna go that easy for Crawford, but I guess its as simply as he is just that much better than Postol. Not to take anything away from Postol, because this lost shouldn't kill any credibility he gained prior to, but the fans are fickle. I am curious how the PPV #s did, and what effect they will have; if indeed it is Crawford/Pac in November.


-Radam G :

Postol was hyped up by the usual suspects because of his height and length. GTFOH! Bud beats his arse twice a day and five times on Sunday. Bud -- a light welterweight -- is not fighting Da Manny. And cannot hang with Da Manny yet. Da Manny would destroy him and himself in a FOTY shootout slugfest -- something like the "Thrilla in Maynila." The dangerous scrap would last about six rounds. The young dude from Omaha and the old dude from Mindanao would not back down from one another. Bud is too darn young to go through another Gamboa-like scrap. And Da Manny is too puckin' old. Da game is a business where you invest in a long term situation. Da BobFather ain't going to let his out-going money maker hamper his in-coming, long-term money maker -- and that is the bottom line. Haters and ______ _____ and _____ ___ can wish all that they want to that the BobFather is going to cash out on Da Manny and feed him to the wolves. But that dumb syet ain't going to happen. This is not Da Don King, the National of Islam and Muhammad Ali snow job of this Millennium. Holla!


-stormcentre :

Bud beats Thurman with a bit of difficulty. He beats E-Spence with ease. He chops Danny "$Wift" G up. He kayos Broner.
Some peeps are blinded to the stealth skills of pugilism. Both Da Manny and Money May are too darn old to be messing with T-Craw. He is the new pound-pound-pound sheriff in da game. Only Micky G can give him a decent challenge. Pundits and trolls were out of their darn minds to believe that Postol could roll with Bud. Holla!
Thanks for that Brother Voodoo, it remind me of something . . . . Actually, speaking of peeps that are blind to the stealth of pugilism . . . Have a look over here . . .


->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?20143-So-Floyd-Has-Been-Hurting-Sparring-Partners&p=77625&viewfull=1#post77625

Just at where a fiction peddling voodoo merchant appears to wildly claim . . .

""Da Manny backing up is what got Ricky Hatton KTFO when Big Floyd was Hatton's trainer"".

From that comment/post . . . It seems that - in the mad rush to gush and tell a magical story - a voodoo merchant (sidestepped the truth, as it was in the way of a good story; and amongst the many facts and stealthy acts of pugilism that his number one fighter exhibited that were all overlooked) the "story teller" got their forward direction mixed up with their reverse. Despite the fact that the subject was their favourite fighter and we were getting told how he was going to knock Floyd out. Hey, don't just take my trolling word for it. As it appears that (scary) substantiation was provided in that same post too. To find the substantiation; just scroll down the (same) post #16 (Thread; Re: So Floyd Has Been Hurting Sparring Partners...)


->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?20143-So-Floyd-Has-Been-Hurting-Sparring-Partners&p=77625&viewfull=1#post77625

And check for your good old non-hypocritical and ever reliable self. Trust me Random; ""I syet you not"".

Within that post/link a window into the past and also the inner workings of your mind and addiction exists. Within that post/link you will also find an enlightening (and possibly frightening) insight into the true substance of your above comment, "some peeps are blinded to the stealth skills of pugilism". As, within that same post/link you will find the Snoop Doggy Dog Dog actuality of the reality real ""I set you not"" deal.

And that is . . . . . . Unfortunately for you my eternally delusional and fantasy addicted friend, it means that;


A) Not only, was Da Manny not backing up when Hatton was KO'd. Meaning your above comment ""some peeps are blinded to the stealth skills of pugilism"" (itself a desperate cry for recognition that your Crawford prediction was - amongst many authored by yourself that don't share the same result/fate - correct) obviously has hypocritical overtones of thundering proportions; which go a long way towards describing just how deep and longstanding this addiction of yours is.
B) But also, there is simply such a vast catalog of incidents (stretching back years) where you have laid down desperately hypocritical and unreliable posts upon a foundation of emotional insecurity that it appears - as you rush/gush to release the latest set (in 2016) and still persist with the approach of disregarding what you have previously claimed and/or whether it may conflict, expose, and trip you up (again) - it is simply impossible for you to ensure that your latest releases don't make a fool out of you and themselves, and go on to prove it when simple comparisons are made between recent claims and your previous instances of ""I set you not because I know every iota of the watermelon seeds boxing game"" logic and hypocrisy.

You see Random, I know all this because . . . .
There is nothing like real-deal knowledge. Plus I have your (previously boasted about) solid gold archives backing you and me up. I set you not. :)

[QUOTE=I syet you not]
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?20104-Thai-Fighter-Ruenroeng-Beats-Shiming-in-Macau&p=77494&viewfull=1#post77494 Confidence full. Cocky empty. I'm just deeply in da poop. And I know da scoop.
There is nothing like real-deal knowledge. Holla![/QUOTE] [QUOTE=BoxingExpertWithProvenTrackRecord]
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?13547-WTF!-Lil-Kim-is-Pregnant-And-Word-is-That-Money-May-is-The-Big-Poppa&p=44182&viewfull=1#post44182
I know every iota of the boxing game. [/QUOTE]

Now, to your other opening comments (that I have not yet commented on) that have left me slightly perplexed. And, for this small isolated case I am happy to openly state that the perplexity I mention here has - unlike the bulk of what you usually author - not arisen because what you have typed constitutes a continuation of immediately noticeable and explicit hypocrisy, evasion, and untruth. No, (and please just let me say that due to your endless dedication to the craft of pretending I would never say your work is completely devoid of fabrication, but) the issue here and cause for my perplexity is a little more implicit and nested . . . than say something as glaringly obvious as your remarkable claim (seemingly released when you were so high on bullying and infectious tribal conduct that you mistakenly thought you had me submitted) that you are a Double World Champion, will prove it, and then (predictably) galloping away.

Of course I am referring to your above comment; ""Both Da Manny and Money May are too darn old to be messing with T-Craw"".

You see, what really perplexes me about that comment of yours is this . . .


A) If Da Manny is too old to mess with Crawford; as you say.
B) And if you are so busy with Pac's plums in your mouth that you too then (hypocritically and on numerous previous occasions) appear to constitute one of these peeps you speak of that is blind to the stealth of pugilism . . . to such an extent that you yourself simply don't know (as you emotionally rant and boast about the very subject) whether Da Manny was going backwards or forwards, when he fights and beats Hatton.

Then surely - to make up (to the forum and also Pac) for such a thundering hypocrisy combined with the routinely observed blundering and seemingly never ending squabbling oversights on (all) your (multiple personalities) part - the least you could do is (use your magical powers to) advise Da Manny not to take the fight. He would surely listen to you. After all, remember . . . . . Even aside from the fact that such wise advice would - without doubt - be coming from one multiple world champion (you) to another (Pac) and therefore be trusted; there is also the reliable fact that you (have advised that you) are
in Pac's entourage.


->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?20895-Shot-Fired-Mike-Tyson-At-Floyd-Mayweather&p=80899&viewfull=1#post80899

Remember, you being in Pac's entourage must be true for 2 main reasons;
1) Because you said so.
2) Your track record with the truth and substantiation.

[QUOTE=DoubleWorldChampionWaterMelonSeedDoper]
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?20817-Big-fight-weekend-menu&p=80515&viewfull=1#post80515 [QUOTE=SouthPaul;80513]BBQ? Sports bar? House gathering ? What's your plan for this upcoming [MayPac fight] weekend event?[/QUOTE] Sin City Entourage with Team Da Manny. I will be the SuperFly Pinoy with a stylish Fedora on my dome, and hiding in plane sight. And talking must syet. "It's Pinoy TIME, BABEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Holla![/QUOTE]

So, given all that, can't you just conjure up some Donkey magic and "hocus pocus" up a phone call to Pac and advise him (say, like, from one multiple champ to another and/or from one concerned Pac Entourage team member to the fighter) that Da Manny is too darn old to be messing with T-Craw? Problem solved !!! After all, what reason would he, Roach, and Arum, have not to listen to your advice? Finally, with all the above said . . . . . I just want to thank you for the laughs. I can honestly say (and I regularly go to comedy festivals) I never imagined anyone could be so eternally addicted to putting their foot in their mouth in such epic proportions, year in and year out as you. The laughs are brilliant. I syet you not. I am real and will keep it that way.
Storm. :) :) :)


-Domenic :

If Crawford didn't have the utmost respect for Postols boxing abiliry , why would he need to take the stinker approach in the first place to win the fight. Throwing a dozen or less punches around.... you can't call Postol average after he forced Crawford to utilize the ugliest strategy in boxing. This fact alone should speak to Postol's worth as a top talent. If Pistol was the average opponent, wouldn't Crawford have closed the show as he's done in his last three fights? I think Postol is being dismissed when he was the reason for Crawford adopting the crappy technique in the first place. Looking backnon the fight Postol was ahead by one point going into the fifth. Credit to Crawford for gaining and maintaining the lead but the manner in which he did it after round five was not conducive to the health of the sport.
Some excellent points Brownsugar. What was surprising to me was that Crawford never asserted himself and closed the show, as he's wont to do, especially given the fact that Postol's power looked completely listless. Like you said, he just continued to utilize the ugliest strategy in boxing. PPV customers -myself included- will buy again, so it makes no difference. Boxing-wise, I'm the guy that gets salmonella poisoning from the restaurant, and not only goes back, but orders the same meal again. The fight changed with the immediate knockdown at the start of the 5th. Postol was holding his own in the chess match to that point. Kellerman was saying that while virtually no punches were landing, Postol was the ring general. But it all changed after that little chopping shot landed. It was a definite let-down, but there are greater problems in the world for sure. Good comments man.


-Yogo :

I thought it was a fabulous display from Crawford, it could be the fact I'm a Bud fan, or the fact I only paid approximately 2 quid for the card. Good old USA greed could well price a young star out of the market. It's an eye opener to see hard core mofo's so down about it, this thread sums it up. Make a stand. Stop paying it.


-deepwater2 :

I thought Postol would make a a better showing but that probably had to do with TC's adjustments. Postol never adjusted in the fight. Postol would look very different fighting Danny Garcia but that ship has sailed for now. Good job Crawford. I didn't pay for the ppv but I caught the bootleg version. It is what it is, a win , in a unification bout. Now the big fights can happen.


-brownsugar :

I certainly didn't think it was gonna go that easy for Crawford, but I guess its as simply as he is just that much better than Postol. Not to take anything away from Postol, because this lost shouldn't kill any credibility he gained prior to, but the fans are fickle. I am curious how the PPV #s did, and what effect they will have; if indeed it is Crawford/Pac in November.
I guess I can stop complaining about Crawford winning by too wide a margin now.. Lol..


-brownsugar :

Some excellent points Brownsugar. What was surprising to me was that Crawford never asserted himself and closed the show, as he's wont to do, especially given the fact that Postol's power looked completely listless. Like you said, he just continued to utilize the ugliest strategy in boxing. PPV customers -myself included- will buy again, so it makes no difference. Boxing-wise, I'm the guy that gets salmonella poisoning from the restaurant, and not only goes back, but orders the same meal again. The fight changed with the immediate knockdown at the start of the 5th. Postol was holding his own in the chess match to that point. Kellerman was saying that while virtually no punches were landing, Postol was the ring general. But it all changed after that little chopping shot landed. It was a definite let-down, but there are greater problems in the world for sure. Good comments man.
Thanks for the comments Domenic, after a good couple of nights rest and a reviewing about 18 hours of podcasts, interviews and taped commentary from my favorite boxing news sites(including the astute comments made by the readers of the TSS).... it's been overly whelmingly decided that Crawford is in fact.... "The One". Maybe not the chosen one but still better than the rest at 140 When good boxers meet there is always a point during the fight where one fighter cracks the others' will and the broken fighter resigns to their fate. Sometimes out of frustration they become their own worse enemy and refuse to get off the train tracks...while simultaneously accepting defeat and purposely denying the cause and effect of the reason why. Postol did get "stuck" as several of you guys have mentioned.... and Roach seemed to be asleep at the wheel when came to giving advise in the corner... use your jab.... step to your right.....but nothing like the classic "your blowing it son!" In order to shake his fighter back to life.. Even Ronnie Sheilds often used " I'm stopping it, if you don't don't show me something" may have helped. Roach looked complacent, he didn't seem to care either way.... while Crawford's corner was so content the head trainer just kept saying "I don't want you to change nothing"...... Crawford: "can I make it exciting now?" Trainer: "Nope, don't change nothing" I still didnt like the fight but I've moved on...who necks?