Freddie Roach is eyeing a victory for Viktor Postol over Terence Crawford this weekend (Photo: Mikey Williams)
By Chris Robinson
This weekend, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., a junior welterweight unification showdown will take place between WBO champion Terence Crawford and WBC champion Viktor Postol.
Multiple-time Trainer-of-the-Year Freddie Roach will be guiding Postol’s ship this weekend and was asked why he has so much faith in his charge ahead of the matchup.
“He’s a very, very good boxer,” Roach explained. “He trained very hard and we have a really good game plan for this fight. [Postol] probably isn’t the better natural boxer. I think Terence Crawford is a natural fighter. I don’t think he trains that much. He can just fight. Just like Manny Pacquiao; these guys are born to fight.”
Postol may have just 12 knockouts in his 28 wins, yet his most recent stoppages, an 11th-round KO over Selcuk Aydin in May of last year and his 10th-round dismantling of Lucas Matthysse this past October, showed a destructive side.
“He’s coming along,” Roach noted. “We’re teaching him how to sit down on the right hand. He does have a lot of power in his right hand. Don’t treat us like we’re not here because we are.”
Roach does have some praise for Crawford, but doesn’t feel he has been tested up to this point in his career.
“If he beats my guy and does it handily, I’ll think more highly of him,” Roach said. “Because I think he’s been well protected and he’s fought a bunch of stiffs.”
Check below for the full interview with Roach.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustlebos.com