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Postol Dominates Aydin, Ends On A Nasty KO Note

BY Michael Woods ON May 17, 2014
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Victor PostolUkrainian Viktor Postol took on Selcuk Aydin, a Turk, in the HBO TV opener from the fabulous Forum in LA, on Saturday night. He looked to be a world class sweet scientist, and some in the crowd hooted, because he wasn't flashy, but at 2:52 in round 11, two severe rights finished off Aydin.

Aydin is no joke, and could get the avoidance treatment from smart managers. He's busy--he went 395-1,105 to 118-393 for the loser-- a smart defender, moves the feet well, and yes, carries power into the late rounds.

In the battle of junior welters, it was Aydin who spoke of the tragic mine accident in Turkey which took place last week, and said pre-fight his heart is with those poor souls. The fighter was seen by many in his fight with Robert Guerrero, a bout he lost.

Postol talked pre-fight of sparring with Ruslan Provodnikov, who said he "survived" that experience.

In the first, Aydin looked to press, get inside, get inside the long reach of Postol. A hard left hook wobbled Postol, and he heard from trainer Marvin Samodio after, to keep moving. The left caught him exiting, not swiftly enough.

In the second, Aydin's left hook was again there for him. Postol wanted to crack with a counter right to answer.

In the third, Postol stood straight and tall, ripe for an old school trainer to tape his chin to his upper chest with duct tape in camps. Postol's busy jab had Aydin less sure of himself by this point. In the fourth, Postol stayed calm, used his feet to get out of a danger zone without sweating it. Aydin looked at Postol, saw how hard it is to get close, and started to shut down in long spurts.

In the fifth, the jab and the movement kept Aydin at bay. The crowd hooted some, not digging the sweetly scientific nature of the match. 

In the sixth, Postol cracked side to side, with both hands. Aydin's trainer said after the round that time was a wasting, and Aydin needed to get inside the electric fence and get to work. In the seventh, Aydin ate a few more power shots. He was outlanded 221-75 to this point.

In the eighth, Aydin had luck with body shots. He got on the bike and pedaled faster. In the ninth, Postol got busier, and put more on his punches, so Aydin wasn't able to build momentum. He needed a KO and didn't get it in the tenth.

In the 11th, Aydin had a point taken for hitting behind the head, at the one minute mark. Postol looked to be trying to land nasty, maybe close the show here. And he did...an uppercut dropped Aydin, and the ref didn't even bother to count. A right hook, and a right uppercut follow were devastating.

Comment on this article

King Beef says:

That was a NASTY uppercut, luv'd how he turned Aydin into the lead up right hand before that uppercut

The Commish says:

You got that right, King. That was indeed a NASTY uppercut. Put it down among the best knockout blows of the year.

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

That was some knockout blow. Postol has put himself in a position to get some bigger opportunities at 140 with this performance.

Aydin has a tendency when he gets frustrated and falls behind to start just winging one shot at a time hoping to catch lightening in a bottle. He did that against Postol and Postol just out worked him and picked him apart.

Postol is very technically sound and possesses a very good jab. He is obviously well schooled and getting better working at the Wild Card Gym. I do wonder about his chin though. He seemed to get hurt a few times in the bout when Aydin did catch him.

Radam G says:

That was some knockout blow. Postol has put himself in a position to get some bigger opportunities at 140 with this performance.

Aydin has a tendency when he gets frustrated and falls behind to start just winging one shot at a time hoping to catch lightening in a bottle. He did that against Postol and Postol just out worked him and picked him apart.

Postol is very technically sound and possesses a very good jab. He is obviously well schooled and getting better working at the Wild Card Gym. I do wonder about his chin though. He seemed to get hurt a few times in the bout when Aydin did catch him.


Postol was getting buzzed from getting clubbed on the temple and knee bumped. Dude's head is too straight up. And he doesn't move it enough. And he needs to quit picture-tooking styling and profiling.

With all the above constructive criticism, I give Postol a grade of 85 outta a 100. Holla!

the Roast says:

Postol fought like a mini version of Wlad.

brownsugar says:

Postol fought like a mini version of Wlad.


Took the words right out of mouth Roast.

Aside from being the spitting image of the heavyweight champ.....I thought Postols resemblance to Wlad K technique-wise was down right spooky. Although he is much busier and throws every punch in the boxing dictionary. ...

It was like watching a guy getting destroyed by a thousand cuts from a cub scouts pen knife. A very impressive clinical display of the TSS.

Selcuk crumpled like a ragdoll. He's lucky he didn't break an ankle on the awkward way his legs folded underneath on the way down.

I'd like to see Postal against any of our American mainstream boxers. Too bad all the compelling fighters in his weight class are on Showtime.

oubobcat says:

Took the words right out of mouth Roast.

Aside from being the spitting image of the heavyweight champ.....I thought Postols resemblance to Wlad K technique-wise was down right spooky. Although he is much busier and throws every punch in the boxing dictionary. ...

It was like watching a guy getting destroyed by a thousand cuts from a cub scouts pen knife. A very impressive clinical display of the TSS.

Selcuk crumpled like a ragdoll. He's lucky he didn't break an ankle on the awkward way his legs folded underneath on the way down.

I'd like to see Postal against any of our American mainstream boxers. Too bad all the compelling fighters in his weight class are on Showtime.


One fight with potential for Postol at 140 is Khabib Allakhverdiev.

I thought Allakhverdiev beat Jesse Vargas last month. I actually had him winning by a fairly comfortable margin. And Allakhverdiev is with Top Rank who just put on this show so the fight is very makeable.

Honestly, I am not sure who I would pick in this fight. It would be a true pick em bout. Their styles too should make for a pretty good fight. Its competitive, makeable and a decent stylistic matchup. I hope it happens.

brownsugar says:

One fight with potential for Postol at 140 is Khabib Allakhverdiev.

I thought Allakhverdiev beat Jesse Vargas last month. I actually had him winning by a fairly comfortable margin. And Allakhverdiev is with Top Rank who just put on this show so the fight is very makeable.

Honestly, I am not sure who I would pick in this fight. It would be a true pick em bout. Their styles too should make for a pretty good fight. Its competitive, makeable and a decent stylistic matchup. I hope it happens.


Postol is going places...he's the real deal.

amayseng says:

Postol is going places...he's the real deal.


I agree, I was truly impressed by his wide variety of punches, down and up, spacing, speed and pop.

I can't wait to see him again.

flackoguapo says:

I liked Postol. His punches didn't seem to have pop to me at first early in the fight, but he has such good stamina that even late in the fight he was throwing crispy punches in bunches with the same pop. He kept baiting Aydin with a lazy jab or slow double jab and would counter Aydins one shot with big right hands.

Pistol vs Terrance Crawford or Beltran seem like good fights to me if the weight can be agreed.

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