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Terence Crawford v Viktor Postol unification close for July 23

Phil Jay 21/04/2016

WBO and WBC super lightweight champions Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol are set to collide this summer as Top Rank eye a massive in-house unification on July 23.

Crawford, widely regarded as on the of the best fighters on the planet, is 28-0 with 20 KO’s and has fought in six straight world title bouts since breaking onto the scene in 2014. A trip to Glasgow to dethrone Ricky Burns of his WBO lightweight belt lit the spark for what is currently one of the most promising careers in the sport.

At 28, Crawford has plenty of time to make a further mark by unifying at 140 and moving up to challenge the best welterweights in the world, although Postol does represent his toughest challenge to date.

With an identical 28-0 C.V – but with twelve early finishes, 32 year-old Postol recorded a career-best triumph last October when halting rugged Argentine Lucas Matthysse in California to claim the coveted green strap.

The Ukrainian’s rise has been much less-publicised than Crawford’s though as Postol manoeuvred himself into a mandatory position with the World Boxing Council and took full advantage of his chance to set up a massive Crawford battle.

As the pair are contracted with Bob Arum, the encounter was always going to be an easy one to make and Crawford v Postol is now on the verge of being officially announced to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.