Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol Looking Ahead

Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol Looking Ahead- Terence Crawford (28-0) was training at altitude in Colorado Springs this past week, and word is that the atmosphere was all business. Crawford worked with his team and exited the gym with nothing to say to the small gathering of fans. He was not rude, just focused on the task at hand. Viktor Postol, training out in Los Angeles, let out a tirade on  a media call where he trash-talked Crawford, calling him inferior to Lucas Matthysse, among other things. Both men are expressing their confidence in different ways, and all is well with the fight less than ten days away.

The Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol fight takes place Saturday, July 23rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the main event of the HBO pay-per-view offering, the first time either man has been featured as a main PPV attraction. Promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank are hoping Crawford develops as the next big attraction, and should he get by this bout with Postol, Crawford will be on Arum’s short for a lucrative match-up with Manny Pacquiao. Crawford is a strong favorite heading into the fight.

Super Lightweight 12 rounds –
Viktor Postol +500
Terence Crawford -700

 

Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol Looking Ahead

Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol Looking Ahead

 

Postol is the #1 ranked 140 lb fighter in the world according to the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and Crawford sits at #2. Crawford brings the WBO world title and Postol has the WBC belt in tow, so the match is a “unification” of two of the major world title belts at 140 lbs. Crawford is making the third defense of his WBO belt, while Postol is making the first defense of his WBC title. Postol is ranked ahead of Crawford right now largely on the strength  of his upset win over Lucas Matthysse last October.

Postol, as good and gritty as he looked against Matthysse, is still a bit of an unknown. He fought a lot of his early fights in the Ukraine, and though he has a good amateur background, he doesn’t have a big-time international or Olympic pedigree. One thing is certain, Postol, at 5’11” inches tall is going to have height and reach advantages. With that frame, Postol has to think he can be a factor at 147 pounds in the lucrative welterweight division. With his length and the fact that we may not have seen all he has to give yet at this level, Postol being a 5 to 1 underdog will be enticing to some.

Crawford enters this match with a good bit of pressure. At 28-0 and with a mid-western fan base, Crawford has been in the hunt for a big fight. His name was bandied about as a potential Pacquaio opponent before the Filipino sensation settled on fighting Timothy Bradley a third time.

For this fight, Crawford is moving up to the pay-per-view ranks and he is being offered as the “main” attraction. With Pacquiao, Pac-man takes care of being the “A” guy and his opponent gets a larger than usual haul just because of it. This fight has the potential to be one of the best fights of the year, but yet the over/under on pay-per-view sales is around 250,000. Crawford’s last outing against Henry Lundy did come before the bright lights of New York City, but at the Madison Square Garden Theater, not the big room.

Crawford and Postol are likely not making what is typically considered “A” type money for this fight, and that fact in and of itself makes this a must-win fight for both men. Taking the measure of both fighters, this fight is likely a lot closer than the oddsmakers have it. With a big win, Crawford is hoping to take the next big step from mid-west attraction to national and then international star. For Crawford, a loss would be a huge setback.

Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol Looking Ahead / Crawford Photo credit: Will Hart

COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

I think the fight is a lot closer then the bookies have it. Postol is a live underdog in this one.


-brownsugar :

I'm glad Postol has abandoned the reformed convict (or choir boy image, which ever you prefer) along with the misguided politically correct demeanor most of these good-boxing Russian boys import over to the US when they come looking for that fistic pot of gold. The way most of them look and conduct themselves easily belies the fact that most of these Eastern Block guys have seen more malfeasance, murder, corruption, and extortion, and hardship than those who hail from the worst ghettos. Postol's receding hairline and his manually reconstructed nose makes him look older than his 32 years span of life. And his non apologetic tough talk makes me wonder is this what Don Knotts would have looked like if he had chosen to be a gangster instead of comedic actor? (look it up youngsters Lol...) But make no mistake, Postol is a gangster and I'm glad that he's finally dropping the squeaky clean facade. I'm not talking about a common gangster....everybody knows that common gangsters drink too much, smoke too much, and indulge too much to be a threat to anyone except themselves, their girl friends and whomever drops the soap in the showers. But Postol is no ordinary hoodlum....hes a criminal mastermind in the ring. Like Gatti, he wants it all and won't stop until he has taken full control.... He starts out smouldering slowly, like the aging tennis player Jimmy Conners, who would take two or three sets to warm up before his engine ignited and he started slamming home those two fisted back-handed volleys to the base line. Postol engages opponents with his feet first staying just within range... in the beginning he looks just a tad bit tentative and jerky while he shoots half extended jabs as he's dropping in a few hooks to the body along the way to keep his opponent guessing. By the last third of the fight he has his opponent ensnared in a steel vice of indecision and then the target practice begins as he rips 3 and 4 punch combos from the shoulder before stepping out.....and around, and repeating his slashing shots from every angle, death by a thousand cuts. Crawford is in tough, very tough. Postol fights with his feet and his mind....which is the toughest combination. Crawford will have to literally ascend beyond what he's ever done before. He won't have too many chances to snatch those critical moments if he let's Postol open up the throttle in the last half of the fight. I think Crawford is capable, but victory isn't guaranteed. If he allows Postol to evolve, he will lose. If forced to choose, I'm picking Crawford solely on the intangibles, youth, hunger, pride.... Nothing technical.....USA, USA, USA!!!!


-oubobcat :

I think the fight is a lot closer then the bookies have it. Postol is a live underdog in this one.
I agree, Postol is awkward and has vast ring inexperience including his amateur days. He makes for a tough fight against anyone between 140 and 147. Lets not forget Danny Garcia ducked out of fighting him and probably for good reason. I foresee an entertaining tactical fight that goes to the cards and could go either way. Postol will land some head snapping uppercuts and Crawford will be flashy at times with his hand speed. My gut says Crawford by tight split decision. If there is a draw line on the books for this one, that may not be a bad wager at all.


-stormcentre :

Yep, there's no doubt that (odds-wise) you'd be crazy to have Postol as the favorite.
Storm. :) :)


-Radam G :

I agree, Postol is awkward and has vast ring inexperience including his amateur days. He makes for a tough fight against anyone between 140 and 147. Lets not forget Danny Garcia ducked out of fighting him and probably for good reason. I foresee an entertaining tactical fight that goes to the cards and could go either way. Postol will land some head snapping uppercuts and Crawford will be flashy at times with his hand speed. My gut says Crawford by tight split decision. If there is a draw line on the books for this one, that may not be a bad wager at all.
I doubt that Postol will get a close decision or even a wide one. He has to go old skool postal just to get a draw in notorious robbing-your-arse Sin City. I can see a Mayweather-Castillo I type of losing decision happening to Postol. Dude is going to likely get shafted. Holla!