Countdown to Crawford-Postol



Countdown to Crawford-Postol

On paper, Terence Crawford is in as tough as he's been when he meets Viktor Postol July 23. Not all agree, some say Postol feasted on a diminished Lucas Matthysse. As always, times tells…

The 140 pounder showdown tangle will run on PPV, part of the new order of things, for now, over at HBO.

This was added to the show:

The 10-round NABF light heavyweight championship fight between defending champion OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK and THOMAS KARPENCY has been added to the July 23 pay-per-view undercard card headlined by the TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD – “The Iceman” VIKTOR POSTOL WBO/WBC junior welterweight world title unification fight.

For Gvozdyk (10-0, 8 KOs), of Khariv, Ukraine, world-rated No. 6 by the WBC and No. 10 by the IBF, this will be his first defense of the title he won on April 9 via a second-round KO of Nadjim Mohammedi.

Karpency (26-5-1,15 KOs), a two-time world title challenger from Mogantown, WV, enters this fight having won five of his last six, including a 10-round decision over former world champion Chad Dawson.

Crawford vs. Postol, a 12-round world title unification rumble battle between Top-10 pound for pound gladiators, will determine the lineal king of the exciting 140 pound division. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate and the motion picture “Hands of Stone,” the Crawford vs. Postol world championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.


The HBO Sports Special, Terence Crawford: My Fight,
debuts Tomorrow! Saturday, July 9 at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT on HBO.
Liev Schreiber narrates.


Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., already a two-division world champion, has won four of his last five bouts by stoppage. The consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter will be making his MGM Grand Garden debut in his third title defense as World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight world champion.

Postol (28-0, 12 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, put his stamp on the boxing landscape when he scored a 10th-round knockout of the heavily-favored former world champion Lucas Matthysse to capture the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight world title on October 3, 2015. Having won two of his last three fights by knockout, the Freddie Roach-trained Postol will be making his first defense of that title.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.