Arguably the best possible fight at 140 pounds is on the table and already has a preferred location. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum spoke to The Ring yesterday about his ongoing efforts to pit WBO champion Terence Crawford against WBC champion Viktor Postol, reporting that Los Angeles' Staples Center is the likely spot for the July 23rd showdown.
"I think it looks more and more likely it will be in LA, probably at Staples," Arum said in a brief phone interview on Wednesday. "We’re working on it. We’re right in the middle of it." Arum would like to stack the PPV undercard with appearances in separate bouts by WBO welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas and undefeated super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs), who challenges Arthur Abraham for the WBO title on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradly [sic] on April 9 in Las Vegas, he said.
Crawford (28-0, 20 KO) has looked as good as ever since moving up to super lightweight following his takeover of the 135 pound division. He picked up the vacant WBO title last year with a knockout of Thomas Dulorme, then defended it with stoppages of Dierry Jean and Hank Lundy.
Though Postol (28-0, 12 KO) may not be the media darling "Bud" is, the Ukrainian is not to be underestimated. Last October, he became the first man to ever shut down "The Machine" with a tenth-round finish of Lucas Matthysse. He also stands three inches taller than Crawford at 5'11" and brings a three-and-a-half-inch reach advantage to bear.
Even without the stacked undercard that Arum envisions, it would be fascinating to see how Crawford's switch-hitting mastery clashed with Postol's length and sneaky power. We'll let you know when and if these two sign the dotted line.