Crawford outclasses Postol in one-sided points win
WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten WBC light welterweight champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) by unanimous decision in a world title unification clash on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Crawford scored two knockdowns in the fifth round and outclassed Postol throughout the fight.
The judges scores were 118-107, 118-107, 117-108 and Crawford added the WBC belt to his WBO title, which he retained for the third time.
Crawford, fighting from the southpaw stance, boxed on the back foot in the early rounds as Postol moved forward and stalked him.
The Ukrainian had a height and reach advantage but he could hardly land anything, while Crawford caught him with several shots as he was moving in.
Crawford connected with a series of left hands in the fourth and landed some solid blows in the fifth, forcing Postol to touch down twice in the round.
Postol had no answer to Crawford's speed and footwork as the American dominated the following rounds and he rocked Postol with more hard shots in the eighth and ninth.
A frustrated Postol was deducted a point in the 11th for hitting behind the head and he went looking for the knockout that he needed in the 12th, but Crawford went toe to toe with him and outlanded Postol, as he had done in the previous rounds, to seal the one-sided points win.
Crawford said: "I am at the top, I think my performance today put me up there."
Crawford’s next fight could be against Manny Pacquiao, who is set to return to the ring on November 5. Both fighters are promoted by Bob Arum.
"If Bob Arum wants that fight and my coaches want that fight, that's something we'll talk about later," said Crawford. "I let my coaches handle that. I am a fighter and I will fight anybody."
Also on the card, Mexico's two-time Olympian Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Matias Rueda (26-1, 23 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO featherweight title.
Valdez rocked his Argentinean opponent in the first round with left hooks to the head and dropped him twice with body shots in the second.
As soon as Rueda went down for the second time, the referee waved off the fight at 2:18 of the round.
"This was my dream since I was 8 years old and decided to be a boxer, I wanted to be a world champion," said Valdez.
"It's not only a dream I had, it's one I shared with my father. If you work hard in the gym, you get to accomplish your dreams. Now I want to fight the best. Whoever it is, let's do it."
Vasyl Lomachenko vacated the 126-pound world title after he moved up in weight and won the WBO super featherweight title.
The Ukrainian knocked out Roman Martinez in the fifth round last month to become a two-weight world champion in just his seventh pro fight.
Lomachenko holds a victory over Valdez as an amateur.
"I want revenge against Lomachenko," said Valdez. "That loss was in the amateurs but this is professionals. I’m ready for him. But I repeat, I’ll fight anybody."