With a lopsided unanimous decision win over Viktor Postol over the weekend, Terence Crawford is now among the top candidates to fight Manny Pacquiao later this year. Crawford is currently the unified WBO, WBC, The Ring light welterweight champion.
Both Crawford and Postol have not lost a fight prior to their Saturday clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Coming into the fight, boxing experts dubbed Postol as the toughest opponent Crawford has ever faced in his eight-year career. The 28-year-old American fighter quickly silenced his doubters by obliterating the Ukrainian pugilist.
ESPN noted that the fight went the distance, but Crawford was the clear victor. On the judges’ scorecards, Crawford outlasted Postol 118-107, 118-107 and 117-108. Crawford scored two flash knockdowns in the 5th round, while Postol was deducted a point for a cheap shot at the back of Crawford’s head in the 11th round.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman was impressed with Crawford’s poise and precision. His style reminded Sulaiman of undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Beyond the southpaw style, Crawford has many similar things to Mayweather, and the bonus there is that he’s more aggressive and punches,” Sulaiman told ESPN Deportes as translated by Boxing Scene. “He’s a star who will begin to shine. I am convinced that great things will come to him.”
By defeating Postol, Crawford has strengthened his claim as the best light welterweight in the business today. He also increased his chances of landing a November showdown with “retired” Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told Los Angeles Times that the Philippine senator will likely return to the ring on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas. Arum has three names in mind for Pacquiao’s next foe. They are Terence Crawford, Viktor Postol and WBO welterweight king Jessie Vargas.