SATURDAY (June 23) sees a fascinating clash take place, one that has all the hall marks of A classic “crossroads” battle. In Josh Taylor vs Viktor Postol, Scotland’s unbeaten sensation Taylor will take on the former WBC world champion Viktor Postol in a final eliminator for that world title. Thus far the highly touted Scotsman has enjoyed a flawless start to his professional career; dispatching a domestic rival (Ohara Davies), destroying an old veteran (Miguel Vazquez), doing so with an air of ease and looking like there are still gears left to go through. Taylor is one of the most highly thought of prospects in world boxing, and for good reason. This piece of ambitious matchmaking shows just how much confidence the McGuigan team have in their charge.
Viktor Postol serves as a real acid test for Josh Taylor in only his 13th professional contest. Postol is a former WBC world champion. He has mixed with terrific company becoming the first man to stop the wrecking ball Lucas Matthysse. Postol also became the first man to stop power punching Turk Selcuk Aydin. So, while not being known as a vaunted power puncher, he has enough power to gain respect and cause a major upset should Taylor’s defensive radar not be in tune. The “Iceman” was touted to be a long-time ruler of the division after vanquishing Matthysse, he ran his record to 28-0 before squaring off against pound-for-pound kingpin, Terence Crawford in a hugely anticipated unification match. That evening couldn’t have gone much worse for Postol as he was out-thought and out-fought, dropping a unanimous decision while spending most of the night bamboozled by the skills of Crawford.
Being beaten convincingly by Crawford is not a cause for concern given his immense talent. What was/is worrying however for Team Postol was his inability to deal with the southpaw style of Crawford. I am not saying Taylor is a Crawford level talent, yet he is a big, strong, fast and hard punching southpaw with excellent skills and Olympic pedigree. The similarities could be very apparent in this contest. Should Postol have success I feel he would need to return to his roots; get behind his jab, use his range, his reach and try to run Taylor into one of his sneaky hard counters.