After a slow start Terence “Bud” Crawford made easy work of Viktor Postol winning an unanimous decision Saturday night to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion at 140 pounds. Terrence seemed to take the first three rounds to figure out his opponent Viktor Postol before ultimately putting on a boxing clinic in front of a huge Las Vegas crowd at the MGM Grand. Going into Saturday night’s fight Crawford was the favorite in the sports books, however many boxing experiments had it as a 50/50 fight. With Postol height and power punching it was going to be interesting how the smaller Crawford would adapt and limit Postol punching power while finding his range. He made those adjustments using his southpaw stance and finding the proper range to utilize the power punches of Postol.
In the fifth round Crawford landed a left hand on the top of Postol’s head forcing he’s knee to touch the canvas and was ruled a knocked down. As the round continued the crowd erupted when Crawford landed another left hand wobbling Postol and forcing his glove to touch the canvas and causing a second knockdown. As the fight continued into the later rounds Crawford found his range tattooing Postol who seemed to be relying on one single shot. In the twelfth and final round Postol who was seeking for knockout after losing a point in the eleventh round for hitting behind the head, taunted Crawford into an exchange and Crawford was more than willing to. Landing shots which made Postol retreat, Crawford stuck his tongue out, grinned and waved his glove in the air as the crowd went crazy. Crawford went on to earn an unanimous decision victory being ahead on all three judges score cards 118-107, 118-107 and 117-108.
Going into the fight it had been speculated that if successful in victory, Crawford would line himself up for a PPV showdown in November with the great Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao who would be coming back from a brief retirement. When asked after the fight about the potential showdown with Pacquiao, Crawford told reporters “If thats what Bob Arum and my coaches want, than we will discuss it later”. A fight with Pacquiao would be huge for Crawford who is now closing in on the top 5 pound for pound list and could help set up bigger fights down the line. Crawford also mentioned if the fight does happen he will want Manny Pacquiao to drop down to the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds and challenge him for his titles. This would be an interesting fight between two southpaws with one who is past his prime and the other who is barely entering his prime. Speed versus speed experience versus youth, Terence Crawford vs Manny Pacquiao is something boxing fans do not need but would love to see. The next few weeks should allow us to see how November will shape up!
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