By Tony McLean (@tmclean92)
Modern day boxing needs to concentrate on more fights in which we get to see the best Vs. the best. Terrance “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20KOs) Vs. Viktor Postol (28-0, 12KOs) is nothing short of that.
July 23rd brings us a clash, in which we will see two undefeated champions come together in a battle of the classic – who’s 0 has got to go.
Crawford currently holds the WBO World Super Lightweight title, whilst Postol holds the WBC World Super Lightweight title. Both fighters put their titles on the line. The two combatants will headline their first pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Live on HBO pay-per-view.
Some of us ‘diehard’ boxing fans will more than likely be wondering how these two fighters have managed to pull off topping a headline PPV event. By no means are both Crawford and Postol household names of the sport. However, they are hungry, exciting up and coming stars who will no doubt give us an equally exciting fight.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum explained that the recent budget cuts at HBO have limited how many fights the premium network can broadcast and have now made PPV a necessity.
“The reason the fight isn’t on HBO is because HBO has many fighters that they need to show. The best you’re going to do with any fighter is two fights a year on HBO. We think that it’s important for these guys to fight more than two times a year, especially Crawford. And in order to do that you have to do a fight on PPV and two fights on HBO.” Arum also added that… “Anytime you do pay-per-view, if fans don’t support it, that’s the nature of business, Terence wants to fight three times a year; Postol is looking for a big fight.”
Crawford, 28, sporting an impressive record of 28-0 with 20 knockouts is coming off a dazzling fifth round TKO win over Hank Lundy back in Febuary. His style – a quick, switch-hitting fighter with power in both hands. He is also regarded for his patience in the ring and his ability to finish.
However, his opponent is far from a pushover. Viktor Postol has an almost identical record, 28-0 with 12 knockouts. Slightly less than his opponent yet his 5ft 11 build (three inches on Crawford), his rangy, hard hitting style, helped with an impressive stiff jab, more often than not gives us exciting fights. None more exciting than that of his last fight – an eyebrow raising showcase where we witnessed him stopping the hard hitting, heavy handed warrior Lucas Matthysse back in October 2015.
I have no doubt that this will be a great exciting fight, however, my only concern for these two fighters is that the 140-pound division is lacking a massive household name.
I believe that for the winner of this fight, who ever it may be, there is only one option in the pursuit of stardom. The 147-pound division. With fighters such as Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Kell Brook, and Amir Khan, a win over any of these guys would most defiantly help Crawford or Postol get that boost to where they want to be.by