Postol Wins Title

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Postol shocks the world, stops Matthysse in ten 


By Igor Frank


LOS ANGELES – With 7,025 in attendance at the Stub Hub Center and millions watching it on HBO this past Saturday night, all witnessed a great fight and a shocking conclusion when undefeated Ukrainian Viktor Postol (28-0,12KO’S) stopped betting favorite Argentine, Lucas Matthysse (37-4,34KO’S) in the tenth stanza of a twelve rounds junior welterweight contest for the vacant WBC crown. 


A number of pundits believed that heavy handed Matthysse would simply overwhelm Postol. Others believed that Argentines’ power and experience would lead him to victory in a twelve rounds contest. Some experts saw Postol using his reach and skills to outbox Matthysse over the distance fight, but no one predicted that Ukrainian boxer would score a knock out, which is exactly what he did. 


Postol took control of the fight in the 8th stanza effortlessly moving around the ring and peppering his opponent with combinations behind a stiff and educated jab.


It appeared that Matthysse just ran out of steam as well as options; he listlessly followed the Ukrainian fighter, who seemed taller and taller with every passing round, around the ring and got hit over and over again. 


Before the last round, I told the corner he was dead tired and ready to go out, “said Victor’s famed coach Freddie Roach:” And, I told that to Postol.” 


I followed Freddie’s instructions and I threw that last combination to win the fight," said Postol who concluded the last combination with a straight right that landed dead on the left eye of Lucas Matthysse who went down on one knee and was counted out by referee Jack  Reiss at 2:58 mark of the10th round. 


“He got me with that right cross and hit my left eye,” said Matthysse after the fight:” I felt there was damage to my eye and I also didn’t feel my body. The pain was instant and I knew I had to stop because I wasn’t sure what my eye looked like.” 


Argentinean banger started strong displaying his advantage in power and overall strength. Postol was trying to keep the fight at a distance with his stiff jab. Every time Matthysse would get inside tall Ukrainian would clinch. It was almost as if I was watching a smaller version of Wladimir Klitschko ply his craft. Ironically both Klitschko and Postol are from Ukraine. 


Matthysse’s remedy to continuous clinching was to hit his opponent on the back of his head or what some might call a rabbit punch. Postol complained. Referee Jack Reiss told Postol that he only got hit on the back of the head because of clinching and warned him against it. It forced undefeated Ukrainian to fight and improved the quality of the bout. 


Matthysse had his moments in the first half of the fight landing some heavy bombs, but Postol never wavered and stuck to his game plan that ultimately lead him to victory. 


This is my third fight with Freddie Roach,” said Postol 31:” I am the world champion because of Freddie and my other trainers at Wild Card. They taught me and they gave me strategy. During this fight, they told me what to do. 


“Postol will be a force at 140, 147 division,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. 


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