Sunday, 24 July 2016

Crawford outclasses Postol to become two belt champion.

In a highly anticipated unification clash, undefeated WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) scored a decisive 12 round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Crawford boxed a tactical fight in the early rounds, outmanoeuvring Postol, making the Ukrainian miss widely. Crawford found his measure by round 4, not allowing the rangy Postol to get set, outgunning the WBC champion with clusters of shots on the move..  In round 5 Crawford made the breakthrough, scoring two flash knockdowns, making the demoralised Postol look alarmingly pedestrian..  Crawford moved through the gears, out scoring the desperate Ukrainian round after round before again stunning Postol in the 9th..  The late rounds spurred Postol into a final rally, an attempt to draw the skilful southpaw into a fight, Postol was warned and penalised for rabbit punching in the 11th, it was too little too late, Crawford even granting Postol the luxury of a toe to toe slugfest in the closing minutes, a finale to a concise Crawford victory..  Postol and trainer Freddie Roach both offered huge praise to the now two belt champion, expressing how they definitely underestimated Crawfords speed, the main contributing factor in their fighters inability to get a foothold in the bout..  Crawford enjoying his first official Ppv, displaying the skills that have ultimately stacked him at the head of his division on a broader platform..  

Scores were...  118-107, 118-107, 117-108.