Terence Crawford knocks Viktor Postol down twice to win world title unification fight

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford poses with belts after his unanimous decisionwin over WBC champion Viktor  Postol
Image: Terence Crawford celebrates his victory over Viktor Postol

Terence Crawford confirmed he is the best super-lightweight in the world by dominating a one-sided points win over Viktor Postol.

The unanimous decision saw the Omaha slickster add the WBC belt to his WBO world title and also proved why he is rated one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

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Crawford produced two flash knockdowns in the fifth round and Postol also lost a point for punching illegally in the 11th to ruin Freddie Roach's chances of springing a surprise and pocketing $9,000.

The world-famous trainer could well be in the opposite corner in Crawford's next fight as the 118-107, 118-107, 117-108 win looks likely to set up a megafight with Manny Pacquiao, with both fighters promoted by Bob Arum.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 23:  WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (L) lands a body shot on WBC champion Viktor Postol of Ukraine
Image: Crawford's left was behind the second flash knockdown in the fifth round

"I am at the top, I think my performance today put me up there," Crawford told HBO afterwards.

"It was a unification fight and no one is doing that these days, taking on a big threat who is undefeated.

"This wasn't my toughest fight. Not taking any credit away from Postol, it's just that I feel the Yuriorkis Gamboa fight [June 2014] was tougher.

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WBO & WBC  junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford
Image: Crawford was calm and composed from the first to final bell

"We knew we were going to go in there with angles and box, take away his jab because one hand isn't going to beat me. If you are a straightforward fighter who's only got the jab, you just aren't going to beat me."

The American known as 'Bud' is likely to be the favourite against Pacquiao after demonstrating his array of punches, his poise and his precise shots from the word go, with the vast majority of the MGM Grand crowd behind him.

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Crawford started out orthodox but within 30 seconds switched to southpaw and even if he did not push forward early on, his clever counters suggested Postol was in for a long and hard night.

The Ukrainian had the height and range advantage on paper but in the second round, the first meaningful exchange saw him caught with a quick three-punch combination.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 23:  Viktor Postol of Ukraine talks with a member of his team after his loss to WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
Image: Postol lost his WBC world featherweight title in a unanimous defeat

Crawford was circling round with intent and was barely caught in the opening rounds but the two flash knockdowns in the fifth set the pattern. The very first shot after the bell, a straight right, saw Postol stumble and even if the slippery canvas did more damage to his balance then the punch, his knee touched the floor leaving referee Tony Weeks with no choice but to call a count.

The second knockdown though showed the power that Crawford possesses alongside his slickness, with a heavy left to the body sending Postol stumbling back and the following right forcing him to touch down again, this time with his glove.

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (L) punches WBC champion Viktor Postol of Ukraine during their unification figh
Image: Crawford was in complete control to win the unification fight

The two counts meant Postol was forced to press in the second half of the fight but his upright stance and one-dimensional movement left him continually caught by countering shots, with Crawford also willing to show his offensive prowess more and more.

Another heavy left caused Postol to lose his balance again in the eighth, a rapid flurry doing the same in the ninth and his southpaw jab and follow-up left landing at will.

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford raises his arms in victory after going 12 rounds against WBC champion Viktor Postol
Image: Crawford proved he is the best in the world at 140lbs

The 11th round summed up the fight, with Postol warned and then deducted a point for hitting round the back of the head on the rare occasion the pair were in a clinch, while Crawford simply smiled, took a breather then came back with another classy combination.

But knowing the boxing world was watching and keen to confirm himself as the best in the super-lightweight division, the American was happy to stay close again in the final round, this time a peach of a short, sharp right denying Postol at least a positive finish to his nightmare.

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