Photos: Will Hart
By Kieran Mulvaney
It has been a fairly quiet week in Las Vegas, without too much of the noise and fury that sometimes accompanies pay-per-view boxing events in Sin City. A lot of that, frankly, is likely due to the demeanors of the two men in the main event: neither Terence Crawford nor Viktor Postol is renowned for being brash or boastful; outside of some needle with Hank Lundy the last time he fought, Crawford has rarely flashed pre-fight anger toward his opponent, and Postol seems rarely to change the timbre of his voice, no matter what the subject of his conversation.
The Ukrainian did allow himself a hint of a smile when, after weighing on at 139.5 lbs., half a pound inside the junior lightweight limit, he discussed the fact that his wife gave birth to twin boys two days ago, relieving him of the concern of entering the biggest fight of his life while worrying about his pregnant wife. It also, he admitted, gave him extra motivation: each baby, he promised, would be receiving one of the two title belts at stake in his battle with Crawford.
But Crawford, who tipped the scales right on the weight limit of 140 lbs., flashed to life as he noted that this was a clash between two undefeated fighters in their prime, and he smiled as he told fans not to blink during the main event.
As he spoke, the crowd in the MGM Grand Garden Arena screamed and cheered. It seems that Crawford’s hometown Omaha, Nebraska fans have arrived in force. The volume in Vegas may be about to get a lot louder.
Weights from Las Vegas:
Terence Crawford 140 vs. Viktor Postol 139.5
Oscar Valdez 126 vs. Matias Rueda 125
Jose Benavidez, Jr 146.5 vs. Francisco Santana 148
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 175 vs. Tommy Karpency 174.5