On Saturday night, Terence “Bud” Crawford became the unified 140 pound WBC and WBO World champion with a unanimous decision win over Viktor “The Iceman” Postol.
Crawford fought the majority of the fight southpaw (left-handed), effectively neutralizing the jab (and overall game plan) of Postol.
The bout started out well for Postol, as he won two of the first three rounds and seemed to be settling into a groove. However, in the fifth round, Crawford scored a (debatable) knockdown shortly after the bell sounded to start the round. Postol complained that the punch was behind the head. Later in the fifth, Crawford landed a shot that caused Postol to retreat and as he moved to the ropes, his balance caused him to hit the canvas. Referee Tony Weeks ruled it a knockdown. It was questionable at best, but nonetheless, Postol clearly had problems with his balance throughout.
As the fight continued, Postol became hesitant with the jab and couldn’t cut the ring off as Crawford fought moving backwards and side to side. Envision a 140-pound version of Erislandy Lara, and it was a mirror image of who Crawford was on Saturday night.
Scores were 118-107 (twice), and 117-108. Crawford moves to 29-0, with 20 KOs. Postol drops to 28-1.
Could Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao be next? I’m skeptical.
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