By Anson Wainwright
In mid-May Viktor Postol met Selcuk Aydin in a WBC junior welterweight title eliminator as the chief support to Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Mike Alvarado at the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood, Los Angeles, Calif.
From the beginning of the contest, the skilled Ukrainian fought behind a steady, consistent jab to build a wide lead on the scorecards. However the nature of the bout wasn’t thrilling the live audience or viewers on HBO.
“Many men - many minds,” an unperturbed Postol told BoxingScene.com “One can find fans adoring sluggers and big punchers. The other ones prefer tactics and wise activity over hard hitting guys. It’s their opinions. I will follow my style of boxing and never change it but improve it.”
As the claxon sounded to signal 10-seconds remaining in the penultimate round Postol landed a vicious left uppercut that rocked Aydin’s head back violently, dumping the tough Turkish fighter on the canvas in centre ring where referee Raul Caiz Jr. instantly waved the fight over.
“I never tried to stop Aydin earlier in the fight,” Postol said “and the fight was going to the decision most probably and it was like a surprise for fans who had the same thoughts when I knocked him out.”
Following the victory the 30-year old was told his next two fights would be on HBO. He took two weeks off but hopes to lure WBC/WBA and RING champion Danny Garcia to meet him in the not to distant future.
Anson Wainwright - In your most recent fight you stopped Selcuk Aydin in the 11th round, tell us about that fight?
Viktor Postol - I was preparing for this fight in the US. The camp lasted for two months. My team did a great job in analyzing of Aydin and I trained hard for the fight. Here is the result – the win by KO victory in 11th round!
BoxingScene.com - You seemed in control and it looked as though you were going to win a decision, then out of nowhere the knockout came?
VP - During the fight my thoughts were concentrated on my attacks, series of punches where the workrate should have been the dominating factor. When the knockout came I got the feeling of relief as I ended it up with an impressive knockout win which made me the official contender for WBC junior welterweight world title.
BoxingScene.com - What are your thoughts on the knockout?
VP - I think it was very impressive. I never tried to stop Aydin earlier in the fight and the fight was going to the decision most probably and it was like a surprise for fans who had the same thoughts when I knocked him out. I landed a couple of big punches and just finished the attack with a knockout.
BoxingScene.com - Though the Aydin stoppage was impressive, prior to the stoppage the fight was said by some to be boring, do you feel any pressure to be a little more offensive and that is how the stoppage came?
VP - Many men - many minds. One can find fans adoring sluggers and big punchers. The other ones prefer tactics and wise activity over hard hitting guys. It’s their opinions. I will follow my style of boxing and never change it but improve it.
BoxingScene.com - The fight was live on HBO, on the undercard of Marquez-Alvarado, did you get any feedback from HBO after the fight?
VP - Yes, I have got it. Before the fight with Aydin there was an agreement on my next two fights on HBO.
BoxingScene.com - What is next for you? Who are you targeting?
VP - The target is the champion Danny Garcia. My goal is to fight him, to beat him and take the belt to my country – Ukraine.
BoxingScene.com - How did you find living and training in America, previously you had just one fight in America. Tell us the differences and how you adapted to them?
VP - Of course, the training camp in the US differs from that of in Ukraine. It differs to any place in the world where you train. Something is often different. As for me personally, I’ve got much more new in training in the U.S and I did my best to adapt to it. To tell you the truth, it was very hard for me sometimes but interesting and I pulled myself together and performed well in camp.
BoxingScene.com - You trained with Ruslan Provodnikov, you share the same manager, he was at the Aydin fight to support you. I believe the two of you are good friends, is a fight between you something that could happen?
VP - It was a big and great experience to spar with Ruslan Provodnikov. He is a very tough, skilled and cool-blooded fighter, although he seemed like Aydin by his manner of fighting. The sparring with him was a real challenge. He fights also in my weight category. I think it will be a really good fight for people if it happens someday.
BoxingScene.com - As you recently fought, what is the plan for you at the moment?
VP - I have two weeks rest after the fight which I plan to spend with my wife, family and friends. Then I will start training again in order to keep the good shape and be fit. The real training camp starts when I get the date of my next fight.
BoxingScene.com - In closing do you have a message for the junior welterweight division?
VP - My target is to become a world champion and I will do my best, everything possible and impossible to make it happen. I am ready to fight any boxer in my weight category and show people great fights.
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