Tonight July 23rd 2016, one of the biggest fights of the year will take place, when Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s) and Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) go at it to unify the WBO & WBC Junior Welterweight titles.  The winner will also be awarded the vacant TheRing & Lineal Junior Welterweight title.  The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be live on HBO PPV at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, undefeated rising star Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KO’s) will take on fellow undefeated fighter Matias Carlos Adrien Rueda (26-0, 23 KO’s) in a 12 round Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, undefeated Jose Benavidez (24-0, 16 KO’s) will take on Francisco Santana (24-4-1, 12 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

TERENCE CRAWFORD

-Record:  28 – 0 – 0, 20 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Ricky Burns  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/1/14.  (Won WBO Lightweight title)
  • Raymundo Beltran  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/29/14.  (Won vacant TheRing & Lineal Lightweight titles)
  • Thomas Dulorme  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 4/18/15.  (Won WBO Junior Welterweight title)

 

VIKTOR POSTOL

-Record:  28 – 0 – 0, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  74″

-Notable Fights

  • DeMarcus Corley  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 10/27/12.
  • Hank Lundy  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/21/13.
  • Lucas Matthysse  —  Win, KO 10th round (12), 10/3/15.

 

Predictions:

Jose Benavidez  —  def  —  Francisco Santana  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Oscar Valdez  —  def  —  Matias Carlos Adrien Rueda  —  KO 8th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Viktor Postol  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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