Crawford dominates Postol to become unified super-lightweight champion
Most experts predicted a close Terence Crawford victory over Viktor Postol; but not many people expected Crawford to arguably win every round of the fight.
Crawford [29-0] was the awarded the unanimous decision over Postol [28-1] to unify the super-lightweight division (WBC and WBO) at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
“I’m at the top, top two [pound for pound]. My performance put me up there. Nobody else is fighting their toughest competitors,” Crawford said in the ring after his masterclass display.
Manny Pacquiao, who is also promoted by veteran Bob Arum, is touted as being Crawford’s next challenge on November 5.
A victory against boxing hall of famer Pacquiao would boost Crawford’s claim of being the best fighter in the world.
He outboxed Postol from the southpaw stance from the first round to the last.
Postol’s infamous jab was anticipated to be a key weapon in this matchup but the Ukranian rarely landed with it; Crawford’s footwork was tremendous.
In round three Crawford wore a smile, suggesting that already he knew that Postal couldn’t trouble him.
At the beginning of the fifth, Crawford connected with a right hand which made Postol’s knee touch the canvas, prompting the referee to take a count.
In the middle of the round things got worse for Postol as he shipped a stinging left which made him wobble back and eventually brush the floor with his glove, scoring another knockdown for Crawford.
In the later rounds, Crawford worked some beautiful combinations and countered superbly when the opportunities arose.
If Postol took more risks then he would have been stopped. On occasion the former champion was staggered.
Round 12 saw Crawford humiliate Postol. Waving his arms, goading Postal to stand and fight, Crawford got the better of the exchanges. He then eased off, with his tongue out and hand up, mocking Postal.
He was demonstrating the point that he could fight Postol or outbox him.
This wasn’t the competitive bout we wanted.
But in boxing, you have to appreciate greatness, and Terence Crawford systematically dismantled Viktor Postol’s hopes of success from the start.
If he can execute a similar game plan against Manny Pacquiao, then the American will be considered as the country’s next boxing superstar.