I think I can take Postol out with my speed and timing. Taylor is catching Postol at the right time with him having fought just once in the last two years.
Postol defeated Najmiddinov by a 10 round unanimous decision. Before that loss, Postol has been super busy with his career.
Postol used his five inch height and four inch reach advantage to dominate Matthysse and stop him in the 10th Matthysse suffered an eye injury in the 10th and was unable to continue.
It was a freak accident, and not because of Matthysse getting hit hard or taking a bad beating. Postol won the fight based on his high work rate, height and reach more than anything.
If Matthysse had done a better job of getting in punching range without getting hit so much, he would have had a good chance of winning.
Taylor will need to figure out a way to land his shots without getting hit too much. The southpaw stance for Taylor will be an advantage for him over Postol, who fights out of the orthodox stance.
Taylor has the youth, punching power and the hometown advantage over Postol. Viktor Postol — Preview and analysis.
Taylor was getting away with a massive amount of roughhouse tactics that the British referee Ian John Lewis was allowing him to get away with.
I saw countless incidents where Taylor should have been docked points for his roughing up of Postol, but the referee Lewis did zero to address it.
Postol came into the fight tonight after two consecutive poor performances against Jamshidbek Najmiddinov last year and Terence Crawford in Postol beat Najmiddinov and lost to Crawford.
The way Postol looked in those fights had many boxing fans believing he would have zero chance of beating Taylor tonight. Indeed, the odds-makers had Taylor as a heavy favorite going into the fight.
Instead, Taylor struggled through the first eight rounds and had to come on strong to barely beat Postol in the end by a 12 round decision. Forget about the crazy scores turned in by the judges.
Yeah, Taylor won, but it was very, very close and he looked awful through most of it. I was more impressed with the boxing skills of Postol than I was with Taylor.
The only thing that kept Postol from winning in the true sense was his stamina and advanced age that let him down. Taylor was better than Postol at the end in coming on strong in the last part of the fight to edge the Ukrainian fighter, but it was far from a dominating performance.
For all the hype behind Taylor, he was mediocre at best against an over-the-hill Postol. If this had been a prime Postol, Taylor would have had his backside handed to him.
There were many rounds that appeared to be even. Taylor did enough in the last four rounds to pull out the division after knocking the year-old Postol down with a left hook in round Postol suffered a cut in round above his right eye.
The only thing the judges got right tonight was giving it to the year-old Taylor. He definitely won the fight, but not by the wide scores handed down by the three judges.
That would be a very tough fight for Taylor. Viktor Postol — Results. The views expressed in all articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of BoxingNews24 or its affiliates.
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