Written By Bakari Simpson: Over the course of the past few months, Terence Crawford and crew have given every indication that they are moving to 147. If this indeed comes to fruition, it will create a vacuum of power and belts at 140. In preparation for this likely event, the WBC is formulating a tournament to re-established divisional clarity.
The first two benefactors of this proactive measure would be Regis Progais (20-0, 17 KO’s) and Viktor Postol (29-1, 12 KO’s). Prograis ranked #2 and Postol ranked #4. Progais is a dangerous fighter currently on the rise in the division. The New Orleans native has made it his business to call out fighters and highlight his seriousness. Before he was obviously looking to leave, Regis even called out the 140-pound kingpin Terence Crawford himself. Despite still wanting that bout, Progais is perfectly happy with this most recent development. He believes that Postol will be a marvelous opponent to showcase his skill set against. Especially, since Postol has traded leather with Crawford. Its Regis’ intention to dismantle the talented Ukrainian in even more impressive fashion.
Until colliding with Terence, Postol was undefeated and considered one of the best in the division. Directly before the match with Bud, Viktor scored a highly unexpected KO victory over Lucas Matthysse. Then, in against Bud, everything went very wrong. Very early in the fight Crawford neutralized Viktor’s offense, while battering him with his own. What was assumed to be a very tight contest was actually a frightfully one-sided affair. Crawford would claim an irreproachable 12 round unanimous decision.
Since that unfortunate evening Postol has returned to the ring just one time. On that occasion Viktor fought Jamshidbek Najmiddinov (14-0, 9 KO’s). Although, Postol would claim the victory he certainly hadn’t returned to his peak form. Postol floored to the canvas, hurt badly and almost stopped in the fight. Nevertheless, through true grit and heart, Postol persevered and eventually bested Najmiddinov in the end. Postol will need to recover his old form when he climbs into the ring against Progais.
Also directly benefitting from Crawford’s exodus are #1 ranked Amir Imam (20-1, 17 KO’s) and #3 ranked Jose Carlos Ramirez (20-0, 15 KO’s) or Mike Reed (23-0, 12 KO’s). Reed and Ramirez are already scheduled to face one another on November 11. This bout will air on ESPN, as a part of a tripleheader broadcast.
Much like Viktor Postol, Imam was rising high in boxing until crossing paths with Adrian Granados. After being sucked into an ill-advised war, Imam succumbed to knockout in the eighth round. Since that time, Amir has got into the ring twice against modest competition. He scored knocks on both occasions.
The winner of the Ramirez/Reed contest would face Amir Imam. The winner of the Imam versus (?) bout would face the winner of Progais/Postol. Ultimately, the last man standing walks away with the interim WBC lightweight title.
All in all this is a very exciting series of fights and I can’t wait until this mini-tournament kicks off!
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— Terence Crawford (@budcrawford402) September 23, 2017