CRAWFORD VS. POSTOL RECAP AND VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
By Victor O. Garcia, Real Combat Media Head Boxing Video Reporter
Las Vegas, Nevada (July 23, 2016)— Terence Crawford came to Las Vegas with one thing on his mind, and that was to come out with a great victory. The Omaha, Nebraska native Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs), became the new WBC Light Welterweight Champion Saturday night, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena when he defeated former and undefeated champion, Viktor “Iceman” Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) via unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 118-107, 118-107, and 117-108.
After the first three rounds of technical fighting from both boxers, Terence finally figured out Postol and was able to score two knockdown in the fifth round. Crawford —who can fight both orthodox or southpaw— fought the whole fight as a southpaw. It helped with taking the jab away from Postol who is considered to have one of the best jab in the business.
Viktor Postol did have his moments in the first rounds. Postol was using the jab in the beginnings and connected it well, but after being dropped for the first time in his professional career, the fight became lopsided in favor of Crawford. The left-hand of Terence was the key punch to his victory. He kept connecting Postol with it and definitely hurt him many times throughout the fight. Crawford used the ring very well. He outsmarted Viktor Postol and punished him every time he had a chance.
“I just stick to what I know. Boxing. They say he got the best jab in the world in my division, I proved different today,” Crawford said of his win. “Everybody kept saying I was running from him, I was scared of him. We wanted the fight. We asked for the fight. I don’t know why it didn’t happen sooner, but it happened, and we’re here now.”
“Crawford was just too fast, he surprised me with his talent,” Roach said.
After Crawford was announced as the new WBC Light Welterweight Champion, the talks about his next fight began during his interview with Max Kellerman. Kellerman brought up the fight between Crawford vs Pacquiao
“It’ll be at 140 [pounds],” Crawford said of the junior-welterweight limit. “If [promoter] Bob Arum and my coach want that fight, that’s something we’ll talk about.”
Manny Pacquiao retired back in April after defeating Timothy Bradley but, according to Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao will return into the ring on November 6th at the Thomas and Mack Center and there’s a big possibility Manny will be facing Terence Crawford.
Valdez vs Rueda
Before the main event, former two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (20-0, 16 KOs), fought and defeated Matias Rueda (26-1, 23 KOs) in two rounds via stoppage.
Valdez put Rueda down in the second round with a mean left-hook to the body. He then continued to dominate the fight until the referee decided to stop it after the second knockdown and watching Oscar connect every punch he threw. Oscar Valdez became the new WBO Featherweight Champion, which was vacated by the Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko, after deciding to stay as a Super Featherweight.
In his post-fight interview with Max Kellerman, Valdez was asked why was he so emotional.
“Because it’s a dream,” he said. “Ever since I was 8, ever since I began boxing in the gym — not just me but me and my father and I want to dedicate this title to my cousin who passed away recently.”
In regards to what was next for him, Valdez was asked if he was willing to fight Vasyl Lomachenko. Valdez and Lomachenko had faced each other when they were both amateurs and Lomachenko got the victory over Valdez.
“That happened in the amateurs,” Valdez said. “I’ll fight anybody.”
Benavidez vs Santana
Jose Benavidez Jr. (25-0, 16 KOs) defeated Francisco Santana (24-5-1, 12 KOs) in a man to man slugfest and continues with his undefeated record. Santana was no walk in the park for Benavidez. Despite getting punished in the ring, Santana kept coming forward. Benavidez connected great uppercuts that seemed they would bring the end to Santana. Francisco never gave up. He kept pressuring and throwing punches. Benavidez seemed like the pressure Santana was putting in on him was over whelming. Benavidez didn’t let that take the best of him.
Jose Benavidez kept his composure and went on to get the win via unanimous decision.
“I expected a tough fight and it was a tougher fight than I thought,” Benavides said.
When Jose Benavidez Jr was asked about his future and what fight was he looking for next, he said,
“The only fighter I want is (WBO welterweight champ) Jessie Vargas,” Benavidez said. “I will tell Top Rank on Monday I want that fight.”
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