Viktor Postol has dismissed claims he’s the rank outsider for July’s Super-Lightweight unification bout with Terence Crawford.

"I do not consider myself an underdog in this fight. Terence Crawford's fans might consider me as the underdog but that does not bother me,” revealed Postol.

The WBC World Champion aims to add the WBO World crown to his trophy cabinet on Saturday 23 July and is backing himself to be victorious.

“I'm 100% confident in myself and in my victory on 23 July and the reasons are simple. I work harder in training camp than my opponents because I have to. Because I want to. I have the best trainer working with me and his name his Freddie Roach.”

The pair linked up in early 2014 and ‘The Iceman’ believes Roach will give him the added edge for the mouth-watering unification fight: “He has been named Trainer of the Year a record seven times and he is in the Hall of Fame. Crawford has no one like that on his team.”

The Ukrainian continued: “Since I have been training with Freddie I have knocked out two of the three opponents I have faced - Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin. Both were number 2 world-rated contenders and both times I was considered the underdog.”

Victory last time out for Postol over Matthysse earned him the vacant WBC World Title and both fighter and trainer were quick to praise each other’s efforts.

“I have passed every test that I have taken as a professional fighter and with the best teacher in boxing working with me I intend to pass this one on 23 July with flying colours.”

With both fighters unbeaten at 28-0 the winner will firmly establish themselves as the man to beat at Super-Lightweight.

“This victory will prove to everyone that I am the best fighter at 140 pounds and the king of the division,” concluded Postol.

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