By Victor Salazar
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York - Viktor Postol put a one sided beatdown on his opponent Jake Giuriceo, earning him a unanimous decision on the last bout before NBC went live with their PBC card. Postol has been eyeing a Danny Garcia fight ever since he’s been the mandatory. Getting step aside money and a chance to fight on Garcia-Peterson undercard, Postol stayed busy while waiting for his bid to get his WBC Jr. Welterweight title shot. In against an overmatched Giuriceo, Postol dominated every round from the onset.
The Youngstown fighter was game and took the onslaught but the skills of Postol were too much for Giuriceo to have any type of offensive success. Right hand uppercuts and hooks from Postol put a swelling on Giuriceo’s left eye. The bout went the distance and Giuriceo earned hard money for eight hard rounds.
Postol now should move on to bigger and better things. Expecting a Danny Garcia fight for the WBC Jr. Welterweight title may be out the question with Garcia likely moving up. Should Garcia vacate, Postol will be first in line to fight for the vacant title.
Puerto Rican prospect Prichard Colon made his Barclays Center debut getting a somewhat questionable TKO in the 9th round against Daniel Calzada.
Colon improved to 14-0 with 11 KO’s while Calzada falls to 11-14-2.
Using his height and length, Colon was out boxing the Denver fighter from the outside using range jabs and right hands. Round by round Colon showed his skill level over Calzada but the urgency to get his opponent out of there didn’t seem the case for Colon. In the later rounds, Colon picked up the pressure and landed a one two combination on Calzada that caused the referee to step in to stop the fight in the ninth round. It didn’t look like Calzada was hurt or dazed but he was definitely losing every round of the fight.
Returning from almost a year long layoff, Brooklyn’s own Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KO’s) made his return to the ring against Mexican Chris Degollado. (10-5. 8 KO’s). Early on Collazo showed his rust. But Collazo took to the assault in round two by cutting off the ring against Degollado. Collazo stunned his opponent with a straight left that sent him into the corner and Collazo delivered a barrage of punches maximized by a right hook that forced referee to step in and stop the fight in the second round.
Local favorite Heather “The Heat” Hardy came out firing (12-0-1, 2 KO’s) against her opponent Renata Domsodi (11-6-1, 4KO’s) from Hungary, jumping on the Hungarian playing the role of stalker from the opening bell. After being on her back foot from the beginning bell, Domsodi suffered a cut on top of her right eye from an accidental head butt. Hardy pounced on her opponent after seeing blood from the cut. Referee Arthur Mercante stopped the fight at 1:57 of round three. Since the fight didn’t go four rounds, the bout was ruled a no contest.
In the opener of The PBC on NBC Barclays Center boxing card, Irishmen Ryan Burnett (8-0, 7KOs) took on Stephen Mcintyre (2-8-2) of Atlanta, Georgia in a six round contest. Burnett attacked Mcintyre from the onset. Burnett landed a clean body shot set up after a jab that forced McIntyre to take a knee. Mcintyre would not answer the 10 count. Burnett earned a first round knockout at 2:59 improving to 8-0.