By Tré Berry III | 10/24/2019
The date was Jun 23rd, 2018, and for Taylor, was his last fight prior to entering the tournament he is currently trying to finish off. At this point in time, 🇬🇧Josh Taylor (12-0-0, 10KO👊) was widely regarded as one of boxing’s best prospects, and was beginning to enter the discussion as a potential vanguard for the Junior-Welterweight division in the near future.
He fought his biggest name-to-date in former WBC Junior-Welterweight Champ 🇺🇦Viktor Postol (29-1-0, 12KO👊), who was looking to rebound quickly back up the ranks to Title contention after being systematically picked apart by P4P mainstay ♛🇺🇸Terence “Bud” Crawford 2 fights prior.
The fight took place by Taylor’s backyard at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, and had full support behind him for this one, as there had been universal approval of his people of his overall ability, and he did his best in not disappointing the crowd. They took turns in fighting various styles, but for the most part, Taylor played the role of the aggressor, and did it well, making an emphasis not to come in overaggressive, surveying Postol and firing away at openings presented.
Throughout the first 8 rounds, Postol held his own and was definitely in the fight, but Josh stuck to his guns, and put in the work early that would slow the Ukrainian southpaw down late. From about the 9th round on, Taylor started to find some separation between him and Postol and handily had the fight under control late, although not at the level in which Crawford started to dominate Postol in their contest, but Crawford is, well…Terence Crawford – however it speaks well for Josh that he was the only other fighter to defeat Viktor Postol and nullified what he was offering up to him inside of the ring.
Taylor was awarded a wide unanimous decision on the cards, and 📈raised his stock substantially in the eyes of boxing pundits. He would follow this with his entrance into the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) as the #2 seed in the Junior-Welterweight division, and has since become the IBF Champion, proving the early onlookers right who claimed he had Championship potential since his early fights.