Last Saturday night featured two junior welterweight title fights. On HBO, Viktor Postal (28-0 / 12 by KO) captured the vacant WBC title over Lucas Matthysse (37-4 / 34 by KO). On Showtime, Adrien Broner (31-2 / 23 by KO) captured the vacant WBA title over Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-2 / 9 by KO).
In what I consider a mild upset, Viktor Postal outboxed and outpunched Lucas Matthysse before knocking him out in round ten. The fight took place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Matthysse considered as one of boxing’s heavy punchers at 140 pounds, came into the fight as the favorite. But it was Postal, who was in superior condition using his 5-foot-11 height and reach to perfection over the 5-foot-6 Matthysse. Round after round, Postal used his jab effectively to frustrate Matthysse, who quit on one knee as referee Jack Reiss counted him out at 2 minutes, 58 seconds in the 10th round.
Postal wins one of two titles belts that Danny Garcia vacated when he moved up to welterweight a couple of months ago.
Adrien Broner had a easy victory knockout with his one-sided 12th round TKO win at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Although Allakhverdiev was game, he was simply outclassed by Broner who used hooks, jabs, right hand leads and upper cuts to dominate his opponent.
The end of the fight came with Broner throwing punches at will as referee Harvey Dock had seen enough and stopped it at 2 minutes, 23 seconds in the final round.
With the Postal and Broner victories, it clearly ranks them as one and two in the 140 weight division behind WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (26-0 / 18 by KO) who will defend his title belt later this month, October 24, on HBO.