America has its next superstar and face of boxing, and his name is Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford.
In a rare battle of best versus best and undefeated champion versus undefeated champion Terence Crawford 29-0 20KO’s defeated Viktor ‘Iceman’ Postol 28-1 12KO’s by unanimous decision to unify the junior welterweight WBC and WBO titles.
Leading up to the fight many wondered how Crawford would deal with the size and ability of Postol after he handed Lucas Matthysse a devastating knockout loss in a dominant performance last October. Using feints and superior speed Crawford did it with ease.
After a slow first round Crawford started to land looping left hands out of his south paw stance as he backed up and set traps for a forward plodding Postol. In the opening seconds of the fifth round Crawford landed a left hook on an unbalanced Postol that put him down. Postol would spring back up but later in the round Crawford would land another solid left hook that sent Postol reeling making his glove touch the canvas.
Crawford went on to dominate the rest of the fight to unify two of the belts in the division. During the post-fight press conference Ring Magazine’s Michael Rosenthal presented Terence Crawford with the Ring Magazine Junior Welterweight title to add another belt to his collection.
Following the fight Crawford said “I said all week I was going to have fun in there and I did. Everyone was talking about Viktor’s jab and how tall he is but I didn’t do nothing I didn’t have to do.” “I had him figured out from round three on”.
Knowing that Postol was down on the cards Postol trainer Freddie Roach said “I told him after the eighth or ninth that we need a knockout” “It was mainly Crawford’s speed he was good with that.”
Postol said “I was coming forward and I did everything I could to win, we were both here to prove we were champions.”
The victory over Postol sets up a potential showdown with Manny Pacquiao on November 5th in what could be a passing of the torch moment for the budding superstar.