Viktor Postol eyes title-shot guarantee beyond Jake Giuriceo
Last May, Viktor Postol won the right to become the WBC junior welterweight mandatory challenger when he stopped Selcuk Aydin in the 11th round. This weekend he and current RING, WBC and WBA champion Danny Garcia will enter the ring in Brooklyn, New York.
However, they won’t be facing one another, instead Postol will look to shed 11 months of ring rust versus little-known Jake Giuriceo, while Garcia will face Lamont Peterson in a 143-pound catchweight contest.
Vadim Kornilov, who manages Postol along with several other boxers including WBA cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev and former WBO 140-pound beltholder Ruslan Provodnikov, says if all goes well on Saturday his fighter is guaranteed a shot at the WBC crown.
“Within 90 days Postol has to fight for the WBC world title,” Kornilov told RingTV.com. “It is approved and confirmed by the WBC.”
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman also confirmed this to RingTV.com.
“Garcia and Postol registered in the WBC a step-aside agreement which included a voluntary fight by Garcia and Postol fighting in the same card,” commented Sulaiman. “Postol has confirmed his desire to abide by such step-aside agreement. They have agreed to fight each other after April 11 and then the winner will immediately fight the winner of Matthysse vs. Provodnikov.”
Postol (26-0, 11 knockouts) impressively took out Aydin with a devastating right uppercut on the undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado but was unable to parlay that into a title shot.
Giuriceo (17-2-1, 4 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, will enter with two losses in his last three outings.
“[I’m] looking forward to getting back into the ring on April 11,” said Postol, who is rated No. 7 at 140 pounds by THE RING, through Kornilov. “It is the last step away from the main fight of my career so far, fighting for the WBC world champion belt.“
Unsurprisingly, the Ukrainian is eager to take that step.
“What does it mean to me to fight for the world title … honestly it’s hard to explain,” he said. “To understand you probably need to spend a half of your life in a gym working very hard and sacrificing regular people’s pleasures to realize one big goal. It means a lot to me.”
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