Crawford floors Postol twice, wins easy decision

By John J. Raspanti

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) added the WBC belt to his list of accomplishments by winning a wide 12-round unanimous decision over former champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night.
Crawford used speed and agility to frustrate Postol over the course of the bout.
After clipping Postol with a lead right hand in the opening round, Crawford switched to southpaw. He stuck with that strategy for the rest of the fight.
In rounds two and three, Crawford continued to use his legs and box. Postol landed a shot on the inside, but Crawford connected with a combination. Postol tried to pick up the pace, but his jab, so effective a against Lucas Matthysse in his last fight, wasn’t landing. Crawford connected with two hard hooks in round four.
(Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank)
(Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank)
In round five, Crawford broke the fight open by flooring Postol twice. The first knockdown was caused when a Crawford left caused Postol’s knee to touch the canvas. Seconds later a big left hand sent Postol stumbling across the ring where his knee once again brushed the canvas.
Postol tried to rally in round six. He whiffed with a right hook and ate a Crawford counter. His inability to cut off the ring was problematical.
Crawford feinted and let fly with a left. The blow landed. Postol looked frustrated as the stanza ended. Postol landed a right to the body in round seven. Crawford circled and jabbed. A big left connected at the bell. A big left knocked Postol off balance.
The tall Ukrainian was having his lunch handed to him.
Crawford had dominated the first eight rounds. His boxing was beautiful. Postol had no answer. He likely didn’t expect the Omaha, Nebr. native to be this good. A big left to the chin wobbled Postol in round nine. Crawford cuffed Postol; with more blows in Round 10 and 11.
Postol needed a knocked to win. He also needed a gun to even the odds. The way the fight had gone for the soon to be former WBC champion, he would have likely missed.
To his credit, Postol tried to knock Crawford unconscious in the last round. He pressed the fight, but still was having trouble connecting. Crawford opened in the last minute of the fight and staggered Postol.
All three judges had Crawford winning the fight by scores 118-107 (twice) and 117-108.
Maxboxing scored the bout 119-107 for Crawford.

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