Crawford vs. Postol Breakdown

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By Seamus McNally

On Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, undefeated fighters Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol clash in match-up of the top-two 140 pounders to determine who is the undisputed king of the junior welterweight division.

Terence Crawford burst onto the scene as a superstar in 2014. In March of that year, Crawford went into Ricky Burn’s backyard of Glasgow, Scotland and came out of the lion’s den with an impressive unanimous decision win. In June, Crawford fought in front of his adoring fans in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska for the first time since he was an amateur. He made the wait worthwhile, sending them into a frenzy with a ninth round knockout of previously unbeaten Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa. Crawford capped off the year in November with a fight in front of another raucous Omaha crowd. He captured the lineal lightweight world championship against Mexico’s Raymundo Beltran with a workmanlike unanimous decision victory. For his efforts, Crawford was named the 2014 Fighter of the Year by ESPN and the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Crawford carried his momentum into 2015, moving up to 140 pounds and scoring knockout wins over previously once beaten contenders Thomas Dulorme and Dierry Jean. In February of this year, Crawford took his assault on the junior welterweight division to the Big Apple. Under the bright lights at Madison Square Garden, Crawford stopped rugged Philadelphia native Hank Lundy in five rounds to set up the big fight with Postol.

Postol’s rise to stardom came much more recently. Postol made his HBO debut in May 2014, scoring a devastating one punch knockout of contender Selcuk Aydin in the eleventh round. Having trouble securing a big fight, Postol did not fight for nearly a year. He took a stay busy fight in April 2015 in Brooklyn. The patience payed off six months later with a breakthrough victory over feared Argentine slugger Lucas Matthysse in October. Postol knocked him out in the tenth round to stake his claim as one of the best junior welterweights in the world.

Both fighters will come into the ring with matching 28–0 records, Crawford with 20 KOs, and Postol with 12 KOs. We should be in for a treat as the pair combine for 6 KOs in their last 8 fights. It is a true 50/50 contest between the two clear-cut best fighters in their division, that is unfortunately the exception and not the rule in an era of boxing with far too many mismatches. We will find out which fighter will be able to impose their style and make the claim as the undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world. Will it be Crawford’s unorthodox style of fighting from both the right and left side with equal effectiveness, or will it be Postol making effective use of his 3” height and 3.5” reach advantages with his Eastern European fighting style and new-found punching power under the tutelage of legendary trainer Freddy Roach?

While Postol is a very good fighter and worthy of his slot as a top fighter in the 140 pound division, Crawford seems to be on another level and on his way to rocketing up pound-for-pound lists and becoming the next American boxing superstar in the wake of Floyd Mayweather’s retirement last September. Our prediction is that Crawford will have some trouble with Postol’s length early in the fight and get buzzed a few times. But he will begin to figure him out by the middle rounds and separate himself in the late stages of the fight. Crawford will win a competitive decision, 116-112, and capture his second division crown in a span of 20 months.

Super Welterweight Rivals Lara-Martirosyan Collide Nov. 10

ERISLANDY LARA ON UPCOMING FIGHT AGAINST

VANES MARTIROSYAN: “MY GOAL IS TO PUNISH VANES”

 

SUPER WELTERWEIGHT RIVALS TO FINALLY MEET

ON NOVEMBER 10 IN LAS VEGAS

LOS ANGELES, November 1 – After two years of talking, the wait is almost over and Vanes Martirosyan, will finally fight Cuban star Erislandy Lara. Lara, who is recognized as one of the best fighters in the world, and Martirosyan, an unbeaten 2004 United States Olympian, will put everything on the line in a 12 round WBC Super Welterweight World title elimination fight that will headline the Saturday, November 10 edition of HBO Boxing After Dark at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. from the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas.

 

“The fight is almost here and the fans are in for a great night of action,” said the number one rated WBC super welterweight contender who has wanted to corner the trash-talking Martirosyan in the ring since 2010. “My goal is to punish Vanes in this fight because he’s been talking so much trash. This fight has been a long time in coming and I’m going to make him pay for his disrespect.”

 

“I’m extremely focused and mentally prepared to give fans a great performance on November 10th,” continued Lara. “I’ve worked hard my entire life to get into position to fight for a world championship and Martirosyan stands in my way.  Like all Cuban fighters, we bring a lot of heart and soul into the ring and this fight will be no different. I’m coming to establish myself as the best super welterweight in the world.”

 

“This fight is dedicated to all those who are suffering and have lost their lives to Hurricane Sandy including the 11 Cubans who were killed by the storm,” continued Lara. “My prayers go out to all of their families.  God Bless!”

 

“I’m excited to see Lara show his skills on November 10th against Martirosyan,” said Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. “This fight has been a long time coming and we’re excited it is finally happening. I have full confidence that Lara will come out victorious and make a statement that he is a force in the 154 pound weight class.”

 

“Lara and Martirosyan are two of the top fighters at 154 pounds,” said Lara’s manager Luis DeCubas Jr. “I can guarantee they will put on a great show for everyone watching on HBO. Lara is ready to show the world he’s the best fighter in the division. The winner of this fight will be in a great position and that will be Erislandy Lara!”

 

A decorated member of the renowned Cuban amateur boxing program, 29-year-old Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KO’s) is one of the most respected-and avoided-fighters in the world today. In 2011, Lara was on the short end of one of boxing’s most controversial decisions in a July 2011 loss against Paul Williams after which all three judges were suspended indefinitely. Undeterred, the slick and powerful southpaw rebounded in 2012 with a 94 second technical knockout win over Ronald Hearns and a 10-round decision victory over Freddy Hernandez. Now he looks forward to his upcoming November 10 title elimination bout against number two rated WBC super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KO’s), a 26-year-old Californian who is coming off of a third round technical knockout win over Troy Lowry in February.