Cool, confident Crawford looks to melt ‘The Iceman’ in Vegas
Undefeated junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman,” Viktor Postol will collide in a 12-round, world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the 140-pound division. The battle will take place tonight, July 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Crawford, 28-0 (20), the pride of Omaha, Nebraska, is already a two-division world champion and heads into this contest having won four of his last five bouts by stoppage. Crawford, considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, will be making the third title defense of his WBO junior welterweight title.
Postol, 28-0 (12), hailing from Kiev, Ukraine, raised eyebrows and turned heads when he scored a 10th round KO over the heavily-favored Lucas Matthysse last October. With the win, Postol captured the vacant WBC junior welterweight world title.
Now, the two undefeated boxers go into perhaps the toughest fight of their careers. For the winner, it will also be a chance to deposit himself at the head of the line for a possible date with Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in the future, should the Filipino boxing icon return to the junior welterweight division.
Press releases have hailed the Crawford-Postol fight as, “Two fighters picking on someone their own size.” This is a obviously a not-so-subtle jab at the upcoming fight between unified middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin and British star and IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook, who will meet in September. While Golovkin and Brook are certainly stars in their own respective divisions, this battle between Crawford and Postol is no multi-division, catchweight clash. It is solid 140-pound matchup and the winner will claim the throne as its consensus king.
Going into the fight, both boxers expressed confidence that they had what it takes to get the job done. The quietly confident Crawford, always polite and somewhat reserved, in regard to taking (pre-fight) shots at his opponents, has been traditionally restrained in his predictions.
However, a somewhat more outspoken Postol did get Crawford’s attention with a few comments he has made, claiming Matthysse, (who Postol defeated to capture the vacant WBC strap) is a better fighter that Crawford.
“I think Lucas Matthysse is a higher-level fighter than Crawford and everyone knows how my fight with Matthysse ended, with him knocked out and the WBC belt around my waist,” said a brash Postol. “That is exactly where the WBC belt will remain after my fight with Crawford on July 23. Just above the WBO belt. I am looking forward to destroying Crawford, destroying his perfect record and destroying his reign as world champion,” said Postol.
Crawford seems content to let his fists do the talking, as he has against 28 other opponents in his career.
“We are two undefeated champions risking our world titles and our undefeated records to fight each other to determine the best fighter in the division,” said Nebraska’s one-man sports franchise. “It’s the ultimate test. We both want to know who the best super lightweight is and, on July 23, we are going to find out.”