Terence Crawford is keen to establish himself as boxing’s next pound for pound superstar after both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have now paved the way for a new heir to the throne.
Speaking ahead of his Super-Lightweight World Title unification bout against Viktor Postol on 23 July, live on BoxNation, Crawford revealed: “I want this to be the beginning of a long run as boxing's next pound for pound star and a worthy successor to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr."
It’s the two weight World Champion’s first headlining show in the famous Las Vegas fight city, one he is relishing.
"It is an honour to fight in Las Vegas, especially at the MGM Grand where so many historic fights have taken place and so many great fighters have made their mark. It's the same way I felt when I headlined my first card at Madison Square Garden earlier this year.”
The Omaha native has stormed to an unbeaten 28-0 record, with 20 of those victories coming inside the distance. His next foe, the Ukrainian Postol shares the same record but with a lower KO ratio.
“Many fighters dream of fighting on such a big stage but it's something you have to earn. I have worked very hard to get to this point in my career. I can't think of a better place to do it than in the Fight Capital of the World,” explained Crawford.
The intriguing dual has been labelled as a potential fight of the year contender from Postol’s coach Freddie Roach in recent weeks and the WBO World Champion is counting down the days until fight night.
“It's very exciting, but I need to keep my eye on the ball. There will be a lot of hard work to do in training camp to make my PPV debut successful.”