Josh Taylor vs Viktor Postol WBC super lightweight final eliminator DUAL SIGNED official on-site £60 full ticket, 23rd June 2018, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland.
Taylor W unanimous decision
Josh Taylor took a huge step towards realising his World title dream after delivering a stunning first class performance against Viktor Postol.
The super Scot outpointed the Ukrainian hardman at a rocking Hydro in the WBC super lightweight final eliminator showdown as he passed his toughest test to date with flying colours.
Taylor had to dig deep at times against one of the World’s elite.
But he dumped Postol down in 10th round and finished with a devastating flurry to claim an overwhelming win on the cards in his most impressive win yet.
Former World champ Postol was guarding the door to the big time for Taylor - but he kicked it in.
The Scot sent a message across the boxing World as he moved in to position as mandatory challenger to WBC king José Ramírez and the pair could meet before the year is out.
It was a stunning win for Taylor - but he had to work harder than ever.
The Prestonpans ace stepped in to the ring to Madness tune One Step Beyond but it was more like one step away.
The Edinburgh ace had so much at stake but strolled in with the confidence stride of a man who’d made a devastating rise up the rankings and was ready to make the next leap.
Taylor hasn’t mucked around as he’s blasted his way to the Commonwealth crown inside his first seven fights and marched up to World level in another half a dozen which included brilliant batterings of highly rated Ohara Davies and ex World title warrior Miguel Vasquez.
Twelve flawless wins got everyone’s attention in the fight game but number 13 was a huge step up.
Postol has been around the block but this was no journeyman. The Ukrainian is a genuine elite fighter, having claimed the WBC super lightweight crown with a sensational stoppage of previously indestructible Lucas Matthysse in 2015.
The win sent shockwaves but his stint as title holder didn’t last long.
There was no shame in handing over his belt to Terence Crawford though.
The American - who ripped the WBC crown from Ricky Burns is regarded as the current pound-for-pound king and he handed Postol the only blotch on his 30 fight record.
But at 34-years-old, the warrior was in last chance saloon in Glasgow.
Which made him dangerous.
Taylor knew it too and he cautiously sounded out his man in the opening round. He kept his man at range, looked to pop in and out with the jab while staying out of range.
Postol was quietly aggressive as he held firm, trying to tempt the Scot inside and he managed to land a couple.
Taylor stepped on the gas in the second though. A blurring big right caught the Ukrainian and he followed in with a left before a body shot sent Postol back on his heels as blood spilled from above his left eye.
The big left was landing for the Tartan Tornado and another one hit the mark in the third after some slick movement had Postol pawing at fresh air.
The odd body shot got through but Taylor was happy to dance around, force his rival to miss then step in with the counter.
There wasn’t much in it though and Postol planted a hefty dig in the gut that had the home hero taking a gasp.
The former World champ looked to take charge but Taylor responded by going on the charge. This time he grabbed the centre, struck with a big body blow of his own and pinned Postol on the ropes.
A clubbing left from the Scot hit the mark but Postol landed a dangerous double of his own to give the Hydro crowd a scare.
Taylor landed a solid combo in the eighth but it was clear he was going to have to tough it out.
A monster right caught Postol flush on the chin in the ninth and sent a roar around the arena. There was more to come as a couple of cracking lefts hit the button and Postol was the one having to bite down hard.
Taylor’s speed and workrate was beginning to tell. He had another gear going in to the final few rounds and had his man sprawling on the canvas with a sensational clobbering left hook in the 10th.
He came close to dumping him again in the next and by the final round Postol was hanging by a thread for the last bell.
It is likely the end for him, but it’s the just the start for Taylor as he sets off on the World title trail.
Josh Taylor (born 2 January 1991) is a Scottish professional boxer. Taylor turned professional in 2015 after an amateur career taking in selection for the 2012 Olympics and winning the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the light welterweight division.
Taylor was a junior taekwando champion, and turned to boxing at 15 under coach Terry McCormack of Lochend ABC in Edinburgh.
Taylor won a silver medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he was beaten by Thomas Stalker in the lightweight final by 11–3. Following the European Qualifying Event in Trabzon, Turkey, the ACB Lochend boxer qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, losing to number two seed Domenico Valentino.
Taylor became the first lightweight Scottish boxer to qualify for the Olympics since Dick McTaggart, who won a gold medal in Melbourne in 1956 and a bronze in Rome at the following games. He reached a Commonwealth Games final again in 2014, this time at light welterweight. Taylor won the gold medal, defeating Junias Jonas of Namibia in the final.
Taylor also represented the British Lionhearts at the World Series of Boxing.
Taylor started his professional career in June 2015, signing with Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions, and is trained by Shane McGuigan. Taylor made his debut in July 2015, defeating Archie Weah with a second round technical knockout.
On his seventh fight, Taylor picked up the Commonwealth light welterweight title by beating Dave Ryan with a round 5 stoppage. Ryan went down twice over the course of the bout. Ryan had previously held the title between 2014 and 2015.
Taylor won his first seven fights by knockout. His streak came to an end against Alfonso Olvera, who went 8 rounds with Taylor at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 2017. Taylor won the fight by unanimous decision (79-72, 78-73, 78-73). On March 24, Taylor defended his Commonwealth title for the first time, beating Warren Joubert with a round 6 TKO, after hurting him several times with left hooks. Joubert went down in round 6 and his corner threw in the towel.
On July 8, Taylor faced WBC Silver champion and fellow unbeaten prospect Ohara Davies. The two had previously taunted each other on Twitter. Taylor would also be defending the Commonwealth title. He stopped Davies, dropping him once in round 3 and twice in round 7 before the referee halted the contest.
Taylor defended his WBC Silver title against former lightweight World champion Miguel Vázquez on November 11 at the Royal Highland Centre. Although Vázquez's style seem to pose problems for Taylor early on, Taylor wore him down as the fight went on. Vázquez went down in round 9 from body shots, and he failed to beat the count. This was Vázquez's first stoppage loss.
On January 18 2018, it was confirmed that Taylor would defend his WBC Silver super lightweight title against veteran Humberto Soto on March 3 2018, at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. On 24 February 2018 it was revealed that Soto had sustained an injury whilst training meaning he had to pull out the fight. On the same day, Nicaraguan Winston Campos was announced as his replacement.
Taylor vs Postol
In April 2018, it was announced that Taylor would fight former WBC light welterweight World champion, Viktor Postol of Ukraine. The fight would take place at the SSE Arena, Glasgow.
Viktor Vasylovych Postol (Ukrainian: Віктор Васильович Постол; born 16 January 1984) is a Ukrainian 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.
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. He then successfully defended it against Yvan Mendy and DeMarcus Corley.
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. 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. 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). 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).
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. 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.
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. 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 finalised. 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. 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. 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. Postol won the fight via unanimous decision after 8 rounds.
WBC Super Lightweight Champion
Postol vs Matthysse
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. The camps made a deal just in time to avoid a WBC purse bid scheduled for Monday.
After waiting 17 months for a World title shot, Postol outboxed and out punched 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).
Postol vs Crawford
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. 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. 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 penalised 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%).
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 out coach my coach, but you tell 'em who got out coached 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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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).
Postol vs Taylor
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 Postol 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.