By Ryan Burton
The thrilling light-welterweight unification clash between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol is set for Saturday, as both fighters made weight for their showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with WBO champion Crawford and WBC title-holder Postol putting their belts on the line to determine the lineal world champion at 140-pounds. HBO Pay-Per-View will carry the bout.
Crawford, (28-0, 20 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, is a two-division world champion who has won four of his last five bouts by stoppage, will be making his third title defence. He weighed in at a perfect 140-pounds.
Postol, (28-0, 12 KOs), came to prominence with a spectacular upset over the heavily favoured Argentine banger Lucas Matthysse who he knocked out in 10 rounds. He weighed in at 139.5-pounds.
For the vacant WBO featherweight title, Oscar Valdez came in at 126-pounds on the limit, and Matias Rueda was 125-pounds.
In a ten round welterweight bout, Francisco Santana was 148-pounds, while Jose Benavidez came in at 146.5-pounds.
‘The Iceman’ is under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and will be looking to defy the odds once again when he steps in against the skilled Crawford.
"This is a great opportunity to show the world I'm the best champion at 140,” said Crawford. “July 23 is going to be a great night of boxing. It’s number one against number two in a unification fight. On paper everyone says it’s a 50-50 fight but in my eyes I’m going in there looking to destroy this man. I’m looking forward to putting on a great performance. After July 23 my record will be 29 wins with 21 knockouts!" he said.
"I have been waiting for this fight for a long time and I want to thank my promoters Elite Boxing and Top Rank for making this fight a reality for the fans. With the help of my team I will be ready come July 23 - may the best man win," said Postol.