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Crawford out-classes Postol in title unification

Terence Crawford

Without a doubt, Terence Crawford proved he is the next American boxing star as he nearly shutout Viktor Postol to become the unified junior welterweight champion in front of 7,027 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the headliner of HBO’s PPV event.

Crawford started slow as he always does, feeling out his opponent before making his move. Postol was able to claim two of those early rounds, but after that it was all Crawford at he earned the unanimous decision victory with two judges scoring the fight 118-107 and the other scoring it 117-108.

“I just stick to what I know, boxing,” Crawford said. “Everybody kept saying I was running from him, but that wasn’t true. I asked for the fight.

“I feel like I get better every fight. Viktor Postol is a great champion and he was dodged for a reason, but I ain’t the type to duck and dodge anyone.”

It was a clear fight between the two best junior welterweights in the world, but Crawford proved to be in a class of his own.

Crawford out-landed Postol 141-83 and completely neutralized his power with his speed and ability to move. But while Crawford is incredibly fast and able to counter-punch with the absolute best of them around, he showed his power and willingness to brawl again. Crawford sent Postol down twice in the fifth round. Though he was unable to knockout Postol, who throughout his career has shown off an incredible chin.

Those knockdowns came a round after Crawford flipped the switch and started being more assertive in his offense. In the fourth round Crawford landed a left hand that forced Postol to touch the canvas with his right knee for a knockdown. And as usual, his ability to switch from orthodox to southpaw was crucial in the fight. It prevented Postol from using his jab, which he quickly whips as he keeps his left-hand far out in front. But it also opened his the ability to land hard left hands.

“I went southpaw and took his jab away,” Crawford said. “I jabbed over his jab. My right hand caught his jab.”

The victory makes him a clear favorite to fight the returning Manny Pacquiao in November, for a chance to truly earn a signature world-class victory to vault him into super stardom.

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