By Patrick McHugh: Former WBC light welterweight champion Viktor Postol says he kind of got away from his game plan against WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 25 KOs) after being knocked down two times by him in round five last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crawford won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision. It wasn’t pretty but he did the job and got the ‘W.’
Postol says he wants a rematch against Crawford in the near future. However, it’s unlikely that fight will happen unless Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has no real options for opponents for the two.
Arum likes to do repetitive rematches, so it’s quite possible that Postol could get a number of rematches against Crawford if he can get back on the winning track after this. Arum would look bad if he puts them back in with each other straightaway though. Read the rest of this entry »
By J. Calderon: WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) technically out-classed a frustrated and ineffective Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (28-1, 12 KOs), last Saturday night, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in front of over 7,000 fans. Both Crawford and Postol are technical fighters, and Crawford was simply the better chess player of the two.
Postol might have done better if he would’ve applied more pressure and use his superior size to push Crawford into a corner, or at least against the ropes, but that’s just not his style, and he is just too lean and long to bully the much-sturdier and muscular Crawford. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire believes that light welterweight champion Terence Crawford is at the point where he absolutely needs a win over a big name like Manny Pacquiao for him to become the new star in the sport of boxing. Donaire sees it as a passing of the torch. He notes that Pacquiao become a huge PPV attraction in his own right after he beat an old lion in Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, and now it’s Crawford’s turn in needing a big name for him to get to the next level.
Donaire doesn’t think Pacquiao should take the fight with Crawford in his next fight. He thinks he should fight WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Last Saturday night the new unified WBC-WBO and also new Ring Magazine Champion undefeated light welterweight Terence “Bud” Crawford put up a boxing counter-punching clinic to outbox, outsmart, outpoint and outclass a clueless Viktor Postol. The official scorecards had Crawford winning by unanimous decision (118-107 twice and 117-108); I didn’t give Postol a single round.
Crawford used his speed and footwork to take total control since the first round. It is funny how fight fans criticize Guillermo Rigondeaux but Terence Crawford gets a pass for boxing the exact same way. As far for boxing counter-punching skills it was a superb exhibition, as for entertainment value it was not worth the pay per view cost. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Both Roy Jones Jr. and Tim Bradley both are on the same side in their belief that undefeated 30-year-old IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) has a good chance of beating knockout artist IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Bradley takes a rather simplistic outlook to the Golovkin-Brook fight by pointing out that Brook has two hands like GGG, and ties his shoes like him. In other words, Brook has a chance because he breathes oxygen, drinks water, has two eyes, a nose and ears. He exists on earth, so therefore he has a chance. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: Former world champion Tim Bradley says he’s picking WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford to defeat Manny Pacquiao if the two of them face each other next on November 5. Bradley thinks the combination of Crawford’s size, power, boxing IQ and ring movement will be enough for him to defeat the 37-year-old Pacquiao. However, Bradley sees it as a tough fight for Crawford because Pacquiao isn’t one-dimensional like Crawford’s opponent from last Saturday night former WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs), who Bradley beat by a 12 round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“He looked sensational. He has so many dimensions to his game,” said Bradley about Crawford to Hoopjab. “It’s a tough match [Crawford vs. Pacquiao]. I’m going to go with my boy, Terence. I think the IQ, and the movement. I think he will definitely give Manny problems with all that movement. I would favor my boy, Terence. With his size, I would favor him in a fight. With Manny, you can never count that guy out. He’s a beast,” said Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: You can include HBO commentator Roy Jones Jr. being firmly a true believer in WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) after his 12 round unanimous decision last night over former WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) in their fight on HBO pay-per-view. Jones not only sees the 28-year-old Crawford as the No.1 fighter at light welterweight now, but he also thinks he would give major problems to the top three welterweights in the division, including unbeaten #2 IBF Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs).
Crawford beat the one-dimensional and quite slow Postol by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 118-107, 117-108 and 118-107. The Crawford vs. Postol fight took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nwevada. The fight was televised on HBO PPV for $49.99 to $59.99. For boxing fans wanting entertainment/excitement, the gave very little of that due in part to Crawford’s constant movement, clinching and Postol’s inability to cut off the ring to force Crawford to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: As I watched Terrence Crawford’s clinical display against Viktor Postol I kept saying to my girlfriend that it was ‘just like watching Floyd Mayweather Jnr’. In terms of pure boxing ability, being compared to Floyd Mayweather Jnr is the loftiest of praise that can be bestowed upon a boxer.
An anti-fan of the stick and move counter punch style, my girlfriend retorted bluntly that Bud Crawford’s performance was about as boring as his interviews during fight week. That in a nutshell is the caveat with Crawford, he simply doesn’t have the brash, controversial personality to offset his often cautious and cerebral fighting style. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: After beating Victor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) tonight to claim his WBC light welterweight title, Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) appears to feel that he’s in the position to call the shots for a fight against Manny Pacquiao that he and his promoter Bob Arum BADLY want. Crawford says that if a fight between him and Pacquiao takes place this year on November 5, then Pacquiao will need to move down to 140lbs to fight him for his WBC/WBO light welterweight titles. Crawford won’t fight Pacquiao at welterweight.
“It will be at 140,” Crawford said via ESPN.com, when asked what weight he would consider a fight against Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank’s fighter Terence Crawford may not have proven that he’s American’s next big star tonight, but he did prove that he was good enough to beat WBC light welterweight champion Viktor Postol by a 12 round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Crawford got a couple of knockdowns in the 5th of Postol. The first knockdown was a trip after Crawford hit Postol with a weak right hand. Postol tripped over Crawford’s lead foot. The second knockdown was a slip by Postol while retreating. Neither knockdown should have counted in my view. Postol lost a point in round 11 on a rabbit punch. It was a fair call. I didn’t see a warning given to Postol before that. Read the rest of this entry »