Viktor-ious Postol Posts Convincing Win Over Aydin
Ukrainian boxing prospect Viktor Postol knocked out Turkish star Selcuck Aydin in the 11th round of the WBC light welterweight title eliminator match. The bout was part of the undercard of the Marquez-Alvarado match up which was held on Saturday night at the refurbished Forum in Los Angeles, USA.
Postol opened up a boxing clinic right from the opening bell with a variety of punches. However Aydin landed a huge overhand left in the first round that seemed to stagger Postol. Postol survived the punch and dominated the rest of the round. He surgically tore apart the game Turk in the next ten rounds by using his length and peppering him with powerful shots that kept the hard hitting Aydin at bay.
The end came at 2:52 of the 11th round when a right uppercut that sent Aydin to the mat head first. Referee Raul Caiz Jr immediately stopped the contest and declared Postol the winner by knockout. The fight was only the second for Postol in the US and the win was the 2nd best of his career. Postol beat American contender Hank Lundy via unanimous decision in 2013. Aydin had previously won three straight bouts after losing two straight decisions to Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karas. Aydin’s record fell to 26-3 with 19 knockouts.
With the victory, Postol is now the number one contender for Danny Garcia’s WBC light welterweight title. But it is unclear whether Postol will be fighting Garcia or he will be fighting for a vacant title with Garcia’s plan to move up to the money-rich Welterweight division.
Moving Up a Notch
After struggling and winning a controversial decision over challenger Mauricio Herrera, WBA and WBC light welterweight king Danny Garcia has hinted moving up to the 147 lbs weight class. Without a doubt, Garcia has been the best in the 140 lbs division but the lack of big money fights has tempted him to move up in weight.
Garcia has struggled in his last three fights at 140 lbs after beating big names like Kendall Holt, Erik Morales and Amir Khan. Garcia has an undefeated record of 28-0 with 16 KO’s and he believes that if he takes this unbeaten record to welterweight he will have a shot at a big payola against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
While the other Ukrainian boxing star Vasyl Lomachenko is getting his 2nd title shot in three professional bouts, Viktor Postol has yet to earn one. He won the vacant WBC Silver International light welterweight belt via unanimous decision against Karen Tevosyan in 2011.
In March of last year, he beat contender Henry Lundy to win the vacant WBC International light welterweight title via scores of 116-112, 116-112, 116-113. Postol has been like a train beating down 26 opponents in a row without a loss. The knockout of Aydin was the 11th knockout of Postol’s career.
In another televised bout of the Marquez-Alvarado undercard, Mexican Diego Magdaleno cruised to an easy and one-sided unanimous decision victory over Chile’s Oscar Bravo in their 10 round lightweight bout. Magdaleno won by scores of 80-71, 80-71 and 79-72.
The 27 year old Magdaleno won his third consecutive bout after losing in his title match against then champion Roman Martinez last April 2013. Magdaleno improved his record to 26-1 with 10 KO’s.
Bravo was dropped in the 4th round with a eft hand to the body. He never threatened Magdaleno at any point in the bout. The Chilean suffered the fourth loss of his career, all of which have come in foreign soil. He is unbeaten in his home country of Chile. Bravo’s record fell to 21-4 with 9 KO’s.
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