WBC World Super-Lightweight Champion Viktor Postol has opened up on his crowning moment as a professional to date, the shock victory over Lucas Matthysse back in October 2015.
The Ukrainian paid tribute to trainer Freddie Roach after picking up his first World Title: “Freddie Roach had me well prepared for that fight. My trainers made me a champion and helped me realise a dream I have had for a very long time. Every time I look at that green belt I will think of Freddie and everyone at Wild Card who helped me become a champion.”
Matthysse was the hot favourite going into the bout at the StubHub Center, but Postol defied the odds and stopped the Argentine assassin in the tenth round.
"The fight with Matthysse was my most challenging and memorable because it was my first world championship fight and I was fighting for the title against one of the strongest punchers in the division.”
There’s a clear level of respect on both a personal and professional between fighter and trainer, Postol was quick to praise Roach’s tactical nous once more.
“I followed Freddie's game plan from beginning to end. Even the last combination I landed - right uppercut, left hook - we worked on daily. It was a reflex to throw them when he charged in at me. He was perfect for that punch.”
Victory for Postol that night has helped set up a mouth-watering World Title unification bout with Terence Crawford at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas on Saturday 23 July live on BoxNation.
‘The Iceman’ is proud to show off his famous green and gold belt and will be determined to display the WBO strap to his ever-growing collection the next time he returns to his homeland: “I loved showing it off to all my friends, family members and fans in Ukraine. I am very proud to represent my country as a world champion."