Viktor Postol

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Viktor Postol
Віктор Постол
Statistics
Real name Viktor Vasylovych Postol
Nickname(s) The Iceman
Weight(s) Light welterweight
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Reach 187 cm (74 in)
Nationality Ukrainian
Born (1984-01-16) 16 January 1984 (age 34)
Velyka Dymerka,
Ukrainian SSR,
Soviet Union
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 29
Wins by KO 12
Losses 2

Viktor Vasylovych Postol (Ukrainian: Віктор Васильович Постол; born 16 January 1984) is a Ukrainian professional boxer who held the WBC super lightweight title from 2015 to 2016. As of January 2018, he is ranked as the world's second best active boxer in the division by The Ring magazine.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Postol made his professional debut on 1 October 2007 at the age of 23 against Zsolt Vicze, stopping him in round 2. He won his next fourteen bouts fighting in countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Spain, Russia and Georgia. Postol's first significant title fight came in December 2011 against Karen Tevosyan for the vacant WBC Silver International light welterweight title. Postol managed to win via unanimous decision to claim the belt.[2] He then successfully defended it against Yvan Mendy and DeMarcus Corley.[3][4][5]

After vacating the belt, it was announced in February 2013 that Postol would next fight American boxer Hank Lundy for the vacant WBC International light welterweight title. Lundy was originally due to fight Lucas Matthysse, but the fight fell apart.[6] Postol won the bout via a 12 round unanimous decision. Two judges scored the fight 116-112 and the remaining judge scored it 116-113 all in Postol's favour.[7] Before vacating the belt, Postol had managed to retain it against Ignacio Mendoza.

On 7 November 2013, the World Boxing Council ordered a final eliminator for their super lightweight title, held at the time by unified champion Danny García, which would see Postol fight Turkish boxer Selçuk Aydin (26-2, 19 KOs).[8] Before engaging in the eliminator, Postol finished the year with a dominant decision win over tough journeyman Behzod Nabiyev (22-6-1, 16 KOs) at the SportLife club in Kiev, Ukraine. Over 10 rounds, Nabiyev was dropped once in round 4 and twice in the final round. The three judges scored all rounds for Postol (100-79).[9]

In February 2014, a purse bid took place where Elite Boxing Promotions bid an amount of $120,000, which was more than Aydin's promoter Ahmet Oner offer, which was $50,000. Due to Postol's team winning the bid, the fight was likely set for Ukraine.[10] It was instead announced to take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California on the undercard of Márquez vs. Alvarado on 17 May 2014. On his American debut, Postol stopped Aydin in round 11 to become the mandatory challenger for the WBC title. The time of stoppage was 2:52 of the round.[11][12]

On 19 August 2014, the WBC ordered Postol vs. García and scheduled purse bids for 12 September. This was then pushed back to 10 October.[13][14] On 11 October, Postol's manager Vadim Kornilov stated a deal was close to being reached for García to make a voluntary defence before fighting Postol. Kornilov said, "There is a step aside agreement that we have almost finalized. Postol and García will both get options to take other fights over the next 4 months and then Postol will again be in the mandatory position to fight the WBC champion." Both camps agreed the step-a-side deal the same day. Postol next planned to fight again in December 2014.[15][16] Having not fought in December 2014, in January 2015, Postol announced that he would fight on the undercard of Danny García vs. Lamont Peterson on 11 April at the Barclays Center in New York.[17] Kornilov announced his opponent to be Jake Giuriceo (17-2-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout. This was later shortened to 8 rounds.[18] Postol won the fight via unanimous decision after 8 rounds.[19]

WBC super lightweight champion[edit]

Postol vs. Matthysse[edit]

It was announced that Postol would fight Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round bout for the WBC light welterweight title vacated by Danny García in order to move up to the welterweight division in August, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on 3 October 2015.[20] The camps made a deal just in time to avoid a WBC purse bid scheduled for Monday.[21]

After waiting 17 months for a world title shot, Postol outboxed and outpunched Matthysse before knocking him out with a right hand to the eye in the 10th round to punctuate a superb performance and win a vacant 140-pound world title before 7,025 at the StubHub Centerr. Round after round, Postol attacked Matthysse to the body and kept his jab in his face. Matthysse landed a few hard right hands that rocked Postol during the middle rounds, but not enough to do any serious damage. In the 10th round, Postol nailed Matthysse on the left eye with a clean right hand and he went down. Matthysse got to one knee, but with his head down and dabbing at his eye, referee Reiss counted him out at 2 minutes, 58 seconds. At the time of the knockout, Postol led 86-85 on two scorecards and Matthysse surprisingly led 86-85 on the other. According to CompuBox punch statistics, Postol landed 113 of 509 punches (22 percent) and Matthysse connected on 96 of 281 (34 percent).[22]

Postol vs. Crawford[edit]

On 3 May 2016 it was finally confirmed that Postol and Terence Crawford had officially signed a contract for a highly anticipated junior welterweight unification fight on 23 July at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Both fighters entered the ring with a matched record of 28 wins, no losses. Both men also entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the first time in their respective careers.[23] Crawford won by unanimous decision and unified two light welterweight world titles before a crowd of 7,027. Crawford also claimed the vacant Lineal and Ring Magazine titles.[24] Crawford scored two flash knockdowns in the fifth round, on going away on all three scorecards 118-107, 118-107 and 117-108. ESPN.com also scored the fight 118-107 for Crawford. Postol resorted to rabbit punching in the 11th round. He nailed Crawford with a right hand behind the head, for which Postol was penalized one point, adding to Crawford's advantage. With the victory, Crawford staked his indisputable claim to division supremacy and set himself up for bigger fights, possibly against a returning Manny Pacquiao. Over 12 rounds, Crawford landed 141 of his 388 punches thrown (36%), and Postol landed 83 of 244 thrown (34%).[25]

In the post-fight, Postol praised Crawford, saying "I thought it was a good fight between two technicians, but he was quicker than me. He is one of the best fighters in the world. I just didn't have the answers for him." Crawford also praised his trainer Brian McIntyre, "Freddie Roach and Postol said that Freddie would outcoach my coach, but you tell 'em who got outcoached tonight." McIntyre revealed the plan was to keep Postol moving, which would have eliminated his jab and right hand. Crawford's purse for the fight was $1.3 million. Postol earned $675,000 for his part.[26] Some sources stated the fight generated 50,000 PPV buys on HBO. A replay was shown later in the week and drew 378,000, also considered a weak number.[27]

Comeback trail[edit]

After nearly 14 months out, Postol would make his ring return in his native Ukraine at the AKKO International in Kiev. Ringtv announced that Postol, who was still ranked by the WBC at #3, would fight inexperienced Uzbekistani boxer Jamshidbek Najmiddinov (14-0, 9 KOs) on 16 September 2017. Postol explained his time away from boxing, “After the Crawford fight, I took one month rest and then I got back to the gym. I have been ready to fight within all that time, with any opponent, but the question why I was absent should be directed to my manager.” His manager Vadim Kornilov answered, “We have been looking for the right opportunities for Postol in the United States and it’s been hard to get a TV spot for a non-U.S. fighter lately. We hope to make up for it in the next year.” Postol had appeared on HBO a total of three times in the past. Kornilov further explained that even when Postol was winning his fights, the possibility of finding TV opportunities were still slim.[28]

Postol won a hard fought fight, settling for a unanimous decision against Najmiddinov. Throughout the 10 rounds, Najmiddinov moved around the ring, throwing minimal punches. The opening rounds started with Postol controlling the fight and Najmiddinov swinging, but mostly missing Postol with counters. In round 5, Postol was floored with a left hook and hit the canvas hard. Postol beat the count, but on wobbly legs. Najmiddinov looked for the finish, but Postol survived the round. Najmiddinov couldn't capitalise on the knockdown as Postol regained his composure and dominated the remainder of the fight. The final judges scorecards read 98-92, 97-92, and 97-92 in favour of Postol.[29]

The WBC super lightweight title became vacant after Terence Crawford decided to move up to welterweight. It was announced that number 1 ranked Amir Imam would fight number 3 ranked Jose Ramirez for the vacant title. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman then announced that Postol, who was ranked number 4, would fight number 2 ranked Regis Prograis (20-0, 17 KOs) for the interim WBC title. The winner of both fights would then meet to become the full titleholder.[30] In January 2018, a deal was finally reached for the fight between Postol and Prograis to take place on 9 March at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Florida. Purse bids were due the next day.[31] On 12 February, ESPN reported that Postol suffered a fractured thumb and then forced to drop out of the bout. His replacement was confirmed as former unified champion Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs).[32]

Postol vs. Taylor[edit]

On 26 April 2018, Cyclone Promotions announced Postol would be fighting their 27 year old rising prospect Josh Taylor at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 23 June, with Taylor defending his WBC Silver title and a chance for the winner to become a step closer to challenging for a world title. Postol was regarded as Taylor's toughest opponent to date in his 12-fight career.[33] In a very competitive fight, Postol was dropped once and lost a unanimous decision to Taylor. The three judges scored the bout 117-110, 118-110 and 119-108 in favour of Taylor, however some believed the scores were too wide. Postol started the fight stronger but it was during the middle rounds where Taylor took control, eventually dropping Postol in round 10. Taylor was being urged by his team throughout the fight, but it was only the second half of the fight where he started being more aggressive and landing to the body. Taylor spent the last few rounds hitting Postol with his signature left hook.[34] Taylor's promoter Barry McGuigan admitted the fight was 'terrific', but stated the scores should have been closer.[35]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
31 fights 29 wins 2 losses
By knockout 12 0
By decision 17 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
31 Loss 29–2 United Kingdom Josh Taylor UD 12 23 Jun 2018 United Kingdom SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland For WBC Silver light welterweight title
30 Win 29–1 Uzbekistan Jamshidbek Najmiddinov UD 10 16 Sep 2017 Ukraine AKKO International, Kiev, Ukraine
29 Loss 28–1 United States Terence Crawford UD 12 23 Jul 2016 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US Lost WBC light welterweight title;
For WBO, vacant The Ring and lineal light welterweight titles
28 Win 28–0 Argentina Lucas Matthysse KO 10 (12), 2:53 3 Oct 2015 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, US Won vacant WBC light welterweight title
27 Win 27–0 United States Jake Giuriceo UD 8 11 Apr 2015 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
26 Win 26–0 Turkey Selçuk Aydın KO 11 (12), 2:52 17 May 2014 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, US
25 Win 25–0 Uzbekistan Behzod Nabiev UD 10 26 Dec 2013 Ukraine Club Sport Life, Kiev, Ukraine
24 Win 24–0 Spain Ignacio Mendoza UD 12 3 Oct 2013 Ukraine Club Sport Life, Kiev, Ukraine Retained WBC International light welterweight title
23 Win 23–0 Uzbekistan Bahrom Payozov UD 8 29 May 2013 Ukraine Club Sport Life, Kiev, Ukraine
22 Win 22–0 United States Hank Lundy UD 12 21 Mar 2013 Ukraine Club Sport Life, Kiev, Ukraine Won vacant WBC International light welterweight title
21 Win 21–0 Colombia Henry Aurad KO 1 (8), 2:39 22 Dec 2012 United States Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California, US
20 Win 20–0 United States DeMarcus Corley UD 12 27 Oct 2012 Ukraine Club Sport Life, Kiev, Ukraine Retained WBC International Silver light welterweight title
19 Win 19–0 France Yvan Mendy UD 12 27 Jun 2012 Ukraine Club Sport Life, Kiev, Ukraine Retained WBC International Silver light welterweight title
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Jose Lopez UD 10 27 Apr 2012 Ukraine Club Sport Life, Kiev, Ukraine
17 Win 17–0 Ukraine Artem Ayvazidi RTD 5 (8), 3:00 26 Feb 2012 Ukraine Club Sport Life, Kiev, Ukraine
16 Win 16–0 Russia Karen Tevosyan UD 12 18 Dec 2011 Ukraine Yunost Sport Palace, Zaporozhye, Ukraine Won vacant WBC International Silver light welterweight title
15 Win 15–0 Dominican Republic Felix Lora UD 10 3 Oct 2011 Ukraine Sports Complex "Freestyle", Kiev, Ukraine
14 Win 14–0 Belgium Tarik Madni UD 10 11 Jun 2011 Ukraine Palace of Sports, Kiev, Ukraine
13 Win 13–0 Uganda Sam Rukundo MD 10 13 Mar 2011 Georgia (country) Sports Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia
12 Win 12–0 Kyrgyzstan Jahongir Abdullaev TKO 4 (10) 19 Nov 2010 Ukraine Sports Complex "Freestyle", Kiev, Ukraine
11 Win 11–0 United Kingdom Jay Morris UD 10 28 Aug 2010 Ukraine Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev, Ukraine
10 Win 10–0 Uzbekistan Mamasoli Kimsanbaev UD 8 21 May 2010 Ukraine Sports Complex "Freestyle", Kiev, Ukraine
9 Win 9–0 Uzbekistan Hujabek Mamatov RTD 2 (6), 3:00 13 Mar 2010 Russia Podmoskovye Hall, Podolsk, Russia
8 Win 8–0 Hungary Laszlo Komjathi KO 7 (8), 1:56 6 Feb 2010 Ukraine Sports Complex "Freestyle", Kiev, Ukraine
7 Win 7–0 Russia Vitaly Olkhovik KO 6 (8), 0:20 28 Nov 2009 Ukraine Elite Boxing Gym, Kiev, Ukraine
6 Win 6–0 Czech Republic Araik Sachbazjan UD 6 18 Sep 2009 Spain Gran Casino, Castellón de la Plana, Spain
5 Win 5–0 Ukraine Dmytro Bohachuk RTD 4 (6), 3:00 15 Aug 2009 Ukraine Borschagovka Gym, Kiev, Ukraine
4 Win 4–0 Ukraine Ruslan Pavlenko TKO 1 (6) 13 Jun 2009 Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine
3 Win 3–0 Ukraine Denys Tupilenko TKO 3 (4) 25 Apr 2009 Ukraine Borschagovka Gym, Kiev, Ukraine
2 Win 2–0 Serbia Sreten Miletic UD 4 29 Mar 2008 Bosnia and Herzegovina Športska Dvorana Pecara, Široki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1 Win 1–0 Hungary Zsolt Vicze TKO 2 (4) 1 Oct 2007 Bosnia and Herzegovina Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pay-per-view bouts[edit]

Date Fight Billing Buys Revenue Network
July 23, 2016 Crawford vs. Postol Red vs Blue 50,000 $3.6m HBO

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title WBC International Silver
super lightweight champion

18 December 2011 – December 2012
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Humberto Soto
Vacant
Title last held by
Prawet Singwancha
WBC International
super lightweight champion

21 March 2013 – December 2013
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Chris Jenkins
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Danny García
WBC super lightweight champion
3 October 2015 – 23 July 2016
Succeeded by
Terence Crawford