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Crawford Speaks Of Destruction of Postol

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The time calls for Crawford to make an early entry into PPV.

The new normal in the world of prizefighting was on display today in LA, when promoter Bob Arum headed up a presser to herald the July 27 pay per view tangle, topped by his guy Terence Crawford, who he hopes will take up some of the slack left behind by the exit of Senator Pacquiao deeper into the political arena.

Crawford, age 28, will be fighting Viktor Postol, a talented Ukrainian native, but not someone known to the masses of fans beyond the hardcore. Crawford is still building his rep, and is also known to the hardcore and more and more to less hardcore fight fans. So, really, people are going to have to see what the response is to the card, and how well it does in drawing eyeballs. Last year, this fight would have been placed on regular HBO, but today, the budgets have changed, and, as Arum has laid out there, PPV was the way he saw being able to make this unification effort.

Arum spoke on WBO 140 champ Crawford, saying that the Nebraskan is getting discovered by more as being an ace talent every day.

It’s unique that he is a Midwesterner, Arum said. Crawford, unlike Floyd Mayweather, has stayed living in his home town. The Bobfather said that this is his entry to the PPV ranks, and he hopes it will be a long run there, and that’s big, because “in this climate” that’s where the major money is made.

Arum talked up Crawford visiting Africa, and being a good heart.

Crawford then went to the mic. The soft spoken hitter thanked Team Postol “for calling me out,” and promised a great night. He said people are calling this a 50-50 fight, but he wants to aim for destruction of the 28-0 Postol. “This is different for me,” he said, and looks forward to a superior performance and more PPVs to come. He will be 29-0 with 21-0 KOs, he promised.

Arum said he’s promoted two Postol fights, against Selcuk Aydin, and then against Lucas Matthysse. He stopped them both, said the Brooklyn born dealmaker. Postol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov, got to the mic, and said that he appreciates Top Rank and HBO having given Postol a shot. The 32 year old fighter said he was pleased to be in the USA, in English, quite decent English too. The holder of the WBC 140 title recalled that in October 2015, he fulfilled his desire to win a 140 title, and he will do his best to grab Crawfords’, too. “It will be a spectacle of a fight..I wish you all good luck, may the best man win,” he said.

Arum marveled at his English, and said he is happy that Vasyl Lomachenko too is getting good at English.

Arum said that Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko arranged for a special postage stamp to be manufactured. An oversized stamp, with the likeness of Postol, was presented to the Ukrainian. “This will be my stamp in the history of boxing with this fight,” Postol said.

Tix run $300 down to $50, Arum said. “We’re looking forward to this event and expect a great, great fight,” he said, in closing.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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