By Mike Coppinger
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Viktor Postol got an easy win in his American TV debut, though it wasn’t pretty.
He stopped Selcuk Aydin (26-3, 19 KOs) in Round 11 on Saturday at The Forum, the HBO co-feature to Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado.
The fight was trudging along at a snail’s pace when Postol (26-0, 11 KOs) caught Aydin with a five-punch combo punctuated with a devastating right uppercut. Aydin ate a bunch of shots in that sequence, but wouldn’t go down, causing him to absorb more punishment. When he hit the canvas in a daze, the referee quickly jumped in to halt the action at 2:52.
It was a bizarre and surprising choice for the network to televise the junior welterweight bout, and the matchup was as bad as people thought it would be until the KO came.
Aydin’s strategy was to land one big looping left hook over the top, while Postol was content to box and jab from the outside. The contrasting gameplans made for an excruciatingly boring bout, much to the chagrin of the fight-crazed crowed that booed loudly and boisterously throughout.
Postol kept the much-smaller Aydin at the end of his telephone-pole jab and landed combinations at range down the pipe. When Aydin managed to close distance and get on the inside, Postol bullied him.
As the rounds wore on, Aydin’s face started to swell more and more, the result of a steady diet of straight lefts and rights.
With the win, Postol adds a second name to his resume (Hank Lundy is the other), but the lack of entertainment value might make it hard for him to secure a return bout on HBO or Showtime, unless he wins a belt.
Aydin, 30, once had a promising career as an undefeated welterweight, before losing two straight bouts (defeats to Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karass). He won three straight against non-descript opposition before having an HBO TV date fall into his lap.
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