VIKTOR POSTOL MEDIA WORKOUT PHOTOS AND QUOTES

VIKTOR POSTOL

VIKTOR POSTOL MEDIA WORKOUT PHOTOS AND QUOTES

POSTOL SET TO FACE LUCAS MATTHYSSE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

LIVE ON HBO AFTER DARK

UNDERCARD FIGHTERS ANTONIO OROZCO, MERCITO GESTA, JULIAN RAMIREZ AND NICK ARCE ALSO FEATURED AT WORKOUT

Photo Credit: Gene Belvins – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 22, 2015) In preparation for his October 3 battle with Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship, Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout at Wild Card Gym with his trainer Freddie Roach on Monday, Sept. 21. Co-main event fighter Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (22-0-0, 15 KOs); and fighters features on the non-televised undercard: Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-2, 16 KOs), Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez (14-0, 8 KOs), and Nick Arce (4-0, 4 KOs) also participated in the Los Angeles media workout at Wild Card Gym.

In the co-main event on Oct. 3, former three-division world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico will take on undefeated contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco of San Diego, Calif. in a career defining 10-round super lightweight showdown.

Also on Oct. 3, undercard fighter and East Los Angeles legacy Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez will look to keep his undefeated record intact when he faces Mexican contenderHugo “Olímpico”Partida (20-5-2, 15 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout, and Los Angeles local sensation Nick Arce is scheduled to fight in a six-round featherweight bout. In addition, former world title contender Mercito Gesta will face three-time world title challenger Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (32-9-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, in a classic Philippines vs. Mexico 10-round lightweight bout.

Here is what the fighters had to say at the Los Angeles media workout about their upcoming fights on Oct. 3:

VIKTOR “THE ICEMAN” POSTOL, Number One Contender for the

Vacant WBC Super Lightweight Title and Former WBC International Super Lightweight Champion:

“I am about to face the strongest, most heavy handed fighter I have ever met in the ring. That is the reason I am at the Wild Card Gym with Freddie Roach. This is my third fight with Freddie. When I first walked into the Wild Card, I was struck by the smallness of it all-then I walked around and saw the pictures of fighters and champions. These are the fighters Freddie turned into champions. I saw the blood and sweat on the two rings. I now know the history of the greatest place in the world to train.

“Freddie never changed by style of fighting. Instead he made small important changes-a movement here and there, tweaking things. He and I are together when we go into the ring Oct. 3. We are prepared to fight. We will win.”

FREDDIE ROACH-VIKTOR POSTOL

FREDDIE ROACH, International Boxing Hall of Fame Trainer, Seven-Time Trainer of the Year Award Winner and Trainer of Viktor Postol:

“Postol doesn't know it yet but he's my new favorite fighter. He works very hard in the gym, does everything we ask and he can bring it. We can win this fight. It is a tough fight but I know we can win, and Postol knows we will win.”

ANTONIO “RELENTLESS” OROZCO, Undefeated Super Lightweight Contender:

“It's a blessing to be fighting on this card on Oct. 3. I've worked hard my entire career and I think this is the stage that we've been looking for, to be in the undercard of such a big event with Matthysse vs. Postol.

“Fighting Humberto Soto means doors could open for me with my career, and this is what my team and I have worked for.

“Our priority is to win, whatever I have to do to win, whatever the fight calls for, we're willing to step up and get a win that night. I'm grateful for this opportunity; it's been a long time coming. I hope to be victorious on Oct. 3.”

MERCITO “NO MERCY” GESTA, Former World Title Contender:

“This is a big opportunity to showcase my skills, my abilities at a big event because it will open up more opportunities for me. Of course, I have to do well in the ring that night. I'm excited and happy to be on the undercard for two of the biggest names in boxing.

“My strategy is to focus on staying on our technique for my opponent. Every opponent is different. I have changed my training focus accordingly since you need to adapt to their style. I need to focus and really follow what my team and me have been working on. Thank you to the boxing fans, particularly the Filipino fans, thanks for supporting me. I promise you an exciting fight for Oct. 3.”

JULIAN “EL CAMARÓN” RAMIREZ, Top Featherweight Prospect:

“I'm a big fan of Matthysse so I am excited to fight on this undercard on Oct. 3. I know my opponent is a brawler so I've been working a lot on my boxing and if I have to brawl, then that's what I'll do.

“I'm ready to give the fans an exciting fight. I love the fans and they like to see brawls so I'm going to go in there and try to take the guy's head off.”

NICK ARCE, Top Featherweight Prospect:

“I feel awesome to be on this great undercard of Matthysse vs. Postol. It's a big venue and it comes with a lot of pressure. At the same time, I don't let that pressure get to me. I don't let it bug me. I just stay focused on the game plan and listen to my corner and do what I do best.

“My game plan is to be smart in the ring and to focus-to be aware of everything my opponent throws and what I can come back with. I'm going to be open-minded and don't be afraid to do work in the ring.”

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Matthysse vs. Postol is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion and is sponsored by Corona and Mexico – Live it To Believe It!. Doors open at 2:00pm PT and fight times will be announced soon. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 10:15 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT.

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-King Beef :

I have been sleeping on Postol; does he have the "pop" to keep Matthysse honest?? I gotta check out some of his fights.


-brownsugar :

I have been sleeping on Postol; does he have the "pop" to keep Matthysse honest?? I gotta check out some of his fights.
Good question King Beef,.... Postol's advantage is in his mobility and his fluid boxing skills. He's used to going the distance at a fast pace while delivering a high offensive output. If he gets knocked down and survives,.... I still favor Postol to win the fight. (due to the adrenalin factor) Even if he doesn't get dropped I favor Postol to out score and out-manuver Mattysse. We know Mattysse is a proven Juggernaut, LM is relentless but he's not the most polished or subtle boxer, Mattysse will have to take it by force to win it, "boxing" by itself won't be enough, but I think Postol is just as consistant if not more so than the few boxers who have already beaten LM,.... ( also,....I reserve the right to be incorrect )


-amayseng :

Good question King Beef,.... Postol's advantage is in his mobility and his fluid boxing skills. He's used to going the distance at a fast pace while delivering a high offensive output. If he gets knocked down and survives,.... I still favor Postol to win the fight. (due to the adrenalin factor) Even if he doesn't get dropped I favor Postol to out score and out-manuver Mattysse. We know Mattysse is a proven Juggernaut, LM is relentless but he's not the most polished or subtle boxer, Mattysse will have to take it by force to win it, "boxing" by itself won't be enough, but I think Postol is just as consistant if not more so than the few boxers who have already beaten LM,.... ( also,....I reserve the right to be incorrect )
I am following the same idea as you but the one thing about LM is that he has fight changing one punch power. If he doesnt get you out of there immediately that power drastically changes and negates your physical abilities in there. This is an exciting match up.


-stormcentre :

One guy is better technically/skill-wise than the other; but not only hasn't he proven it on the truly big stage and against truly top competition - but we don't know how he will handle a shootout in every round for about 3 or 4 . . . even when - after that - there's still 2 or 3 rounds to go. The other guy - whom is not quite as skilled - has proven it on the big stage and against top competition, and he can give/take a decent shot; for many rounds, and still walk to the finish line. Not sure where the bookies are on this one (Dino?) but - if I were making a line for this fight (which doesn't necessarily mean this is who I think will/won't win) - I'd have Lucas decently favored. :) :)


-brownsugar :

Storm, Amayseng, I can't argue with your sound logic. I also think LM is taking a chance with a boxer who could be the antithesis of his hard punching - come - forward style. Good matchup. But I think they should keep matching LM against other tanks.


-stormcentre :

Mattysse makes me chuckle. Not as a result of mockery or ridicule. Just cause he just really loves to fight and exchange. Shame Rios and Mattysse aren't in the same weight division; as then we may get another Provodkinov V Mattysse kind of fight. But, yep, Mattysse V Postol, . . . . it's a good fight alright. Mattysse will not wait more than 3 or 4 rounds - if that - to seriously check that Postol chin, heart, and conditioning. I wonder if Postol - physically, sparring or otherwise - had anything to do with Rulan leaving Roach? :)


-SuperLight :

I'd like to see a couple of super light bouts on the same card. Anyone know if it's possible to stream this? I doubt I can get pay per view on Hong Kong cable, and it looks like HBO only offers monthly subscription.


-Radam G :

I'd like to see a couple of super light bouts on the same card. Anyone know if it's possible to stream this? I doubt I can get pay per view on Hong Kong cable, and it looks like HBO only offers monthly subscription.
Of course you can always stream every single scrap -- PPV, HBO and Showtime -- from Hong Kong. I've done it all the time when I was in Hong Kong. BTW, what gym are you training at in Hong Kong? Holla!


-SuperLight :

Of course you can always stream every single scrap -- PPV, HBO and Showtime -- from Hong Kong. I've done it all the time when I was in Hong Kong. BTW, what gym are you training at in Hong Kong? Holla!
I go to Epic a couple of morning sessions per week. Do you still travel to HK?


-Radam G :

I go to Epic a couple of morning sessions per week. Do you still travel to HK?
All the time. A Jesuit boarding school there is super dear to me. I will holla at Epic for SuperLight the next time I'm in Hong Kong. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

The fam and I might go to this match up live, we live very close to the stub hub center. Postol can box, but Mattysse's boxing skills are vastly underrated.


-brownsugar :

Good question King Beef,.... Postol's advantage is in his mobility and his fluid boxing skills. He's used to going the distance at a fast pace while delivering a high offensive output. If he gets knocked down and survives,.... I still favor Postol to win the fight. (due to the adrenalin factor) Even if he doesn't get dropped I favor Postol to out score and out-manuver Mattysse. We know Mattysse is a proven Juggernaut, LM is relentless but he's not the most polished or subtle boxer, Mattysse will have to take it by force to win it, "boxing" by itself won't be enough, but I think Postol is just as consistant if not more so than the few boxers who have already beaten LM,.... ( also,....I reserve the right to be incorrect )
I said Postol was going to win this fight. The gap in skill is too wide. The immobile fighter rarely beats a fighter with good mobility. But I hardly expected Mattysse to quit on his knees. Wow, how the mighty have fallen. Interesting fight.


-stormcentre :

Yep, gotta admit I never expected the fight to unfold and play out the way it did. Good call BS. :)


-brownsugar :

Yep, gotta admit I never expected the fight to unfold and play out the way it did. Good call BS. :)
thanks, the excessive holding was ugly, but after the Ref thankfully put an end to the wrestling, it turns out that Postol didnt even need it. I thought Postol was special after his win against Selcuk, even though Selcuk gets a bad rep for being a less-than-ordinary fighter these days. The results are shocking to say the least,.... chalk another one up for the " runners ".


-amayseng :

thanks, the excessive holding was ugly, but after the Ref thankfully put an end to the wrestling, it turns out that Postol didnt even need it. I thought Postol was special after his win against Selcuk, even though Selcuk gets a bad rep for being a less-than-ordinary fighter these days. The results are shocking to say the least,.... chalk another one up for the " runners ".
Just imagine how we could have watched Floyd shine offensively if he was forced to box instead of hold and stall so much....... Postol is a solid fighter all around, Freddie brought the best out of him


-brownsugar :

Just imagine how we could have watched Floyd shine offensively if he was forced to box instead of hold and stall so much....... Postol is a solid fighter all around, Freddie brought the best out of him
I think Postol received the benefit of good sparring and conditioning by being at the Wildcard which certainly contributed to Postols fine performance. But Postol has always been a smooth mobile boxer. I've enjoyed watching Floyd exert his skill and dominance in the ring for years. The man has reached legendary status, and his ring generalship has been studied extensively by other fighters for years. Mayweather needs not appologize for his style. .... It's simply a fact that the fighters who are routinely labeled as runners, are the same guys winning fights 9 times out of ten(and for some odd reason disliked because of it)...... due to their ability to control range and limit the amount of damage taken. You can interchange the name of Mayweather with hundreds of other superlative boxers throughout the years. Ultimately it doesnt matter how popular they are,...what matters is who won.


-riverside :

I think Postol received the benefit of good sparring and conditioning by being at the Wildcard which certainly contributed to Postols fine performance. But Postol has always been a smooth mobile boxer. I've enjoyed watching Floyd exert his skill and dominance in the ring for years. The man has reached legendary status, and his ring generalship has been studied extensively by other fighters for years. Mayweather needs not appologize for his style. .... It's simply a fact that the fighters who are routinely labeled as runners, are the same guys winning fights 9 times out of ten(and for some odd reason disliked because of it)...... due to their ability to control range and limit the amount of damage taken. You can interchange the name of Mayweather with hundreds of other superlative boxers throughout the years. Ultimately it doesnt matter how popular they are,...what matters is who won.
Good call B-Sug, just the way you called it the fight unfolded. Congrats to Postal, he is very effective fighter at the same time very unfriendly style of fighting! it gonna be very difficult for any 140 lbs to be him, and he probably will not get any big money fight at 140. too big, too awkward for any 140. I can see Postal vs Ruslan unfolding, total mismatched.


-stormcentre :

thanks, the excessive holding was ugly, but after the Ref thankfully put an end to the wrestling, it turns out that Postol didnt even need it. I thought Postol was special after his win against Selcuk, even though Selcuk gets a bad rep for being a less-than-ordinary fighter these days. The results are shocking to say the least,.... chalk another one up for the " runners ".
Still think there were some ugly holding moments there in the fight, where it kind of looked like Postol didn't want to be in there. Not sure what to think about that. Postol V Crawford? :) :)


-brownsugar :

Good call B-Sug, just the way you called it the fight unfolded. Congrats to Postal, he is very effective fighter at the same time very unfriendly style of fighting! it gonna be very difficult for any 140 lbs to be him, and he probably will not get any big money fight at 140. too big, too awkward for any 140. I can see Postal vs Ruslan unfolding, total mismatched.
thanks Riverside, Postol made a strong impression on me with his supurb win over Selcuk,.... maybe M Herrera can trip him up with his crafty, veteran's bag of tricks.


-brownsugar :

Still think there were some ugly holding moments there in the fight, where it kind of looked like Postol didn't want to be in there. Not sure what to think about that. Postol V Crawford? :) :)
Storm I wouldnt doubt if both these guys scale over 165lbs between fights, both are resilient and crafty, either one can take advantage of that critical moment where execution meets opportunity and change the tide of the fight. I've seen Crawford in more vulnerable situations, but I've also seen Crawford create and take advantage of critical opportunities with one punch. It's too early for me to make a call but I see a 50-50 fight if they fought today. Yep, there was a moment when Postol seemed momentarily under duress, but I attribute that to the Machine's crazy pressure. Almost enough but not a quite enough.


-stormcentre :

Storm I wouldnt doubt if both these guys scale over 165lbs between fights, both are resilient and crafty, either one can take advantage of that critical moment where execution meets opportunity and change the tide of the fight. I've seen Crawford in more vulnerable situations, but I've also seen Crawford create and take advantage of critical opportunities with one punch. It's too early for me to make a call but I see a 50-50 fight if they fought today. Yep, there was a moment when Postol seemed momentarily under duress, but I attribute that to the Machine's crazy pressure. Almost enough but not a quite enough.
Can't argue with that. :)


-brownsugar :

I'm giddy with excitement at the fact that Postol has already said that he's ready for Crawford. Crawford will surely express his lack of fear of the prospect of fighting Postol in the coming days. These former amateur prospects with the deep international experience dont tend to shy away from anybody. I hope that Arum in his infinite wisdom doesn't allow the potential confrontation to marinate too long, either one of these guys could potentially be ready to change weight classes within a year. Similar to Garcia rapidly out growing the same division. Regarding Crawford vs Postol, .... Make that fight happen NOW!


-amayseng :

I'm giddy with excitement at the fact that Postol has already said that he's ready for Crawford. Crawford will surely express his lack of fear of the prospect of fighting Postol in the coming days. These former amateur prospects with the deep international experience dont tend to shy away from anybody. I hope that Arum in his infinite wisdom doesn't allow the potential confrontation to marinate too long, either one of these guys could potentially be ready to change weight classes within a year. Similar to Garcia rapidly out growing the same division. Regarding Crawford vs Postol, .... Make that fight happen NOW!
That is absolutely a great fight, hell I have been quoted before by saying if Crawford fought every two weeks I would not miss a round. That kid can fight and just keeps getting better. I think Herrera is good to throw in the mix against these two when no one else wants it. Herrera gives everyone a hard time if not beats them off the damn record books.


-Chris L :

Saw this coming a mile off - only problem is I changed my bets to Postol to win by decision just before the fight started!


-brownsugar :

That is absolutely a great fight, hell I have been quoted before by saying if Crawford fought every two weeks I would not miss a round. That kid can fight and just keeps getting better. I think Herrera is good to throw in the mix against these two when no one else wants it. Herrera gives everyone a hard time if not beats them off the damn record books.
we have much to look forward to my friend...... Postol is unique in that he doesn't hit extremely hard but he hits his opponents everywhere, and Crawford can usually line up a super potent shot if his opponent is trying to do more than survive. These guys don't conduct their business in the press much,...... but when things settle down and after Crawford gets past JD, (he shouldnt have much problem with Jean Dierry)... I expect the beating of the war drums to begin.