By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0 / 20 by KO) scored a brilliant unanimous 12 round decision over WBC junior welterweight champion Viktor Postol (28-1 / 12 by KO) in their 140 pound unification fight on Saturday night at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bout was the main attraction on a card that was televised live on HBO/PPV.
Crawford fought in the southpaw stance throughout the contest and was absolutely the better fighter, dropping Postol twice in round five and seriously hurt Postol in round nine.
The fight was simply a great fighter vs. a good fighter in this much anticipated match between two unbeaten fighters each in their prime.
The judges scores were 118-107, 118-107, 117-108 … my scorecard was 118-107 – ten rounds to two for Crawford – with a point deducted from Postil in round eleven for hitting behind the head.
The undercard featured Mexican sensation Oscar Valdez (21-0 / 18 by KO) knocking out previously unbeaten Matias Rueda (26-1 / 23 by KO) in the second round to win the vacant WBO featherweight title.
Valdez was sharp from the start, staggering Rueda in round one. Valdez continued his attack in round two and dropped Rueda twice with body shots. The time was 2:18, and Valdez was nothing less than sensational.
Also on the card and the best fight of the evening. Jose Benavidez (24-0 / 16 by KO) defeated Francisco “Chia” Santana (24-4-1 / 12 by KO) in a 10 round action packed welterweight fight by unanimous decision.
My card had Benavidez easily winning rounds one and two, connecting with his sharp shooting jab, as Santana kept coming forward. Then Santana came on with his aggressive attacking pinning Benavidez consistently on the ropes with effect body shots, winning rounds three, four and five. Santana slightly loses round six and this brawl is now even – three rounds a piece – anybody’s fight. Santana fought tough and hard in those three rounds and narrowly wins round seven but as the fight closed out, Benavidez wins the final three rounds to close the show.
The judges scores were 100-90, 96-94, 98-92 … my score card was 96-94 – six rounds to four for Benavidez. The judge that had Benavidez winning every round was absurd.