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Postol Caps Off Win With Vicious Knockout of Aydin

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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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lutenco on 05-19-2014

The fight wasn't bad as the article said IMO. I saw a very tough guy punished by a very good boxer that can take a punch,can boxe and can punch.The ukranian is a beat in my opinion.

Comment by PittyPat on 05-18-2014

Really enjoyed Postol's work in there. The "snail's pace" description in the article is bulls[color=black]h[/color]it, and whilst not an action fight it wasn't bad by any means. Poor journalism. Interestingly, I thought Postol looked and fought like a 140 version…

Comment by New England on 05-18-2014

that was actually a candidate for KO of the year. it will at least be in the discussion of nasty knockouts in 2014. aydin f#cking sucks, but postol looked good.

Comment by Divine Hammer on 05-18-2014

postol is the future after wlad retires. i believe that postol has the potential to become #1 p4p one day.

Comment by chocolate on 05-18-2014

I did not think it was not that bad of a fight as various people was mentioning i liked the Postal showcase and then to knock out cold a granite chinned opponent to finish the job very impressive. It's not…

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