Last night on HBO Boxing Pay Per View, we had a 4 fight card full of fire works. In the opening bout, future light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KO’s) defeated journeyman Tommy Karpency (25-6-1, 14 KO’s). Karpency, a huge underdog, shockingly dropped Gvozdyk in the second round, but failed to pounce on him and put him away. Gvozdyk’s awkward movements and boxing ability was too much for Karpency to handle, and after beating him up a little, Gvozdyk landed a huge straight right to the body in the 6th round. Karpency went down to a knee, and feeling defeated already, chose not to answer the 10 count.
In the second bout of the evening, Jose Benavidez Jr (25-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Francisco Santana (24-5-1, 12 KO’s) in a thrilling 10 round fight. Benavidez looked great early on with his movement and sharp counters, rearranging Santana’s face. In the middle rounds though, Benavidez would return to his old self, laying against the ropes and taking shots. Santana would win some of the middle rounds by out working Benavidez, but it would not be enough. Benavidez would finally wake up at the end of the fight, and pepper Santana with vicious counter shot in the 11th and 12th. It would prove to be just enough, as Benavidez got the unanimous decision victory to stay undefeated.
The co-featured bout of the evening was a short one but a good one. Undefeated top prospect Oscar Valdez (20-0, 18 KO’s) defeated fellow then undefeated fighter Mitias Rueda (26-1, 23 KO’s). It was evident in the first round that this was a huge mismatch in skills. Rueda was undefeated, but the level of opposition he had faced before yesterday was a lot lower. Valdez came out in the first round guns blazing, as he demolished Rueda with several left hooks, which is his best punch. In the second round, Valdez smashed Rueda in the liver with a left hook that put him down. Rueda, still hurt, would get up, but would not stay up for long. Valdez, noticing that Rueda was not steady and hurt to the body, went right back to it, and dropped him with another body shot. The fight was immediately stopped, as Valdez stays undefeated, and captures the vacant WBO Featherweight title.
The main event, was a very one sided fight. Terence Crawford defeated Viktor Postol to retain his WBO Junior Welterweight title, and capture the WBC & the vacant TheRing Junior Welterweight titles. Crawford now has 3 major championship belts, and is now considered the #1 junior Welterweight in the world. Crawford was almost non existent in the first 3 rounds, which is usually the case, as he uses that time to strictly study his opponents. In the 5th round, Postol and Crawford came rushing out of their corners, and Crawford threw a quick right hook that hit Postol on the top of the head, which totally caught him off guard and knocked him down. Later in the round, Crawford hit Postol with a rocket left hand that put him down once again. Postol would also get another point deducted in the 11th for hitting Crawford in the back of the head (which I don’t think was intentional), so at this point he was way behind on the scorecards. Postol would try to muster up one more flurry in the final round to try and get a KO, but Crawford would actually get the better of the exchange. The final scores of the fight were 118-107, 118-107, and 117-108.
-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE