The Big Question: Taylor vs Postol - who wins?

Boxing Monthly
21/06/2018 8:55pm

Hot Scottish prospect Josh Taylor faces former WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol in a key 140lbs test this Saturday night in Glasgow. Members of the BM online team are here with their predictions...

A highly intriguing match-up and another great piece of matchmaking. Postol is undoubtedly Taylor's toughest opponent so far. He has plenty of advantages, including four inches in reach, he has gone 12 rounds on six occasions and has a lot more fights under his belt than the Scot. However, the Ukrainian has only fought once since that Terence Crawford loss two years ago, while Taylor has form and momentum on his side. Postol is experienced enough to cause the Scot problems early on but I can  see Taylor grinding him down with his trademark body shots and counters and going the 12-round distance for the first time. Taylor by unanimous decision. - Lee Gormley

Ambitious, risky, but calculated matchmaking here... but I think it's good work: Postol is a former world champion who has only lost once (to a P4P star), but is starting to advance in years, and may be looking to end his career. I like what they're doing with Taylor, I just wish it was with European and Intercontinental titles instead of this 'silver' belt business. I think Taylor will win on points: Close, unanimous, and not without a couple of moments where he'll have to show he really is now ready for a world title shot. After this, anything less than a world title shot would be a step down. - Colin Harris

This is a real tough one to call. Postol's biggest win was over a fighter (Lucas Matthysse) who had declined dramatically but he's only lost to a P4P contender (Terence Crawford). However, at 34 you'd be inclined to believe that he'll be heading into his last few fights. That being said, I think Taylor will have too much and will win by late stoppage. The Scot has the makings of a special talent and this could be his time to arrive on a world stage. - James Oddy

Since taking on and stopping Dave Ryan almost two years ago, Taylor has impressed. He's mature and experienced enough, from his amateur days, that he doesn't need to be wrapped in wool, but young enough that his best days should be in front of him. Cyclone Promotions have been doing all of the right things with Taylor; keeping him active, putting him in a high-profile domestic fight (Ohara Davies) and matching him with an ex-world champion (Miguel Vazquez). That he's been stopping these guys is a great sign as he moves closer to a world title shot. I agree with the ideas mentioned earlier that Postol cannot be overlooked and will potentially provide moments of concern, but at 34 years of age and with his best win (against Lucas Matthysse) almost three years ago now, home advantage and momentum should see Taylor through. - Martin Chesnutt

Gimme Taylor by late rounds stoppage over Postol. The Ukrainian was flummoxed against Terence Crawford when 'Bud' turned southpaw. Taylor, one of the finest prospects in the sport, is a natural southpaw. 'The Tartan Tornado' looked outstanding recently against Miguel Vazquez, a fighter with a similar body style to Postol. Although 'The Iceman' is slightly taller and longer, he's also seven years older, youth will have its way this Saturday in Glasgow. - Michael Montero

This is quality matchmaking by Cyclone - Postol is a good name and a surefire way to get a shot at the WBC’s 'green belt'. The feeling here is Taylor is getting the former champion at the right time whose mojo seems to have sapped away since his July 2016 defeat by eventual undisputed champion Terence Crawford. I’m expecting a dominant stoppage win for the home fighter, Taylor to win inside 9 rounds. - Callum Rudge

On the face of it this looks to be a tough match-up and Postol definitely presents a step up in class for Taylor. The Scot is a genuine gold-plated prospect whose career has been  simultaneously fast-tracked yet carefully managed at the same time. The Ukrainian may enter the ring with vast experience, a solitary defeat to Terence Crawford on his record, and the credibility of being a former world champion. However, I find it impossible to look past Taylor. The bookmakers have him nailed at 1/16 for a reason. Postol, at 34, has the feel of a fighter that has turned the invisible bend in the road. He has fought only once in nearly two years since the Crawford defeat. Critically, he also lacks the fire power to take out the 'Tartan Tornado'. I favour an impressive stoppage for Taylor around the eighth or ninth. - Garry White

Josh Taylor has been matched excellently so far by Cyclone Promotions and - just like they did with Miguel Vazquez - I believe they are getting Viktor Postol at the right time. The last time many fans saw the Ukrainian in action was against Terence Crawford, back in July of 2016. However, 'The Iceman' has fought since, against the unheralded Jamshidbek Najmiddinov, last year. On that occasion, Postol looked like a fighter in decline. It appeared as if his legs had started to go. The Ukrainian found himself on the canvas against his limited, aggressive, southpaw opponent in the fifth, having previously touched down in the first (although it was not counted as a knockdown.) Najmiddinov was able to get on the inside of Postol’s jab with alarming frequency, often by jumping in with wild hooks. The bout was much closer than the scorecards suggested and the Scot does everything better than Najmiddinov. As such, I expect Taylor to dominate after a cagey start and stop Postol within eight rounds. - John Angus MacDonald

Final count: Taylor 8 Postol 0