Q&A: Viktor Postol
Viktor Postol – I’m very happy. It was the main goal in my life. It was a dream. I’m very lucky that I won. I want to go further. I prepare for fights with great champions and I know it’s only starting.
RTV – Matthysse was the favorite and many fans thought he would win. You started well and overcame his efforts in the middle rounds to close the show
VP – We spoke to Freddie Roach and our Ukrainian trainer about the tactics, then, in the second part of the fight, I would step things up. These were our tactics and we won.
RTV – When you won the title, how did your life change?
VP – I’m the champion; I’m very happy. I have more friends after my win but I’m normal and think about my future and I want to defend my title.
VP – Many people show up for me at the airport, in the city. I’ve been on the number one TV channel in Ukraine. The fight was on TV in Ukraine; many people can see the knockout. Every day, journalists call and interview me in Ukraine. The Minister of Sports congratulated me. We had a meeting with (RING heavyweight champion) Wladimir Klitschko. Vitali Klitschko didn’t because he’s very busy with politics. I met with Wladimir Klitschko; he said, “Don’t stop.” Wladimir Klitschko and me had one trainer, Aleksandr Polischuk. He prepared Wladimir Klitschko for the Olympic Games and, now, in Ukraine, I trained with him. Klitschko said, “After my fight with (Tyson) Fury, I come back to Ukraine and I will have a meeting with Postol and other champions in Ukraine.”
RTV – You look like you could be Wladimir’s younger brother.
VP – I am the third brother (laughs). Many people said that we have the same tactics and look similar. Now the brothers know who is Viktor Postol (laughs).
RTV – You have another fight with HBO?
VP – My next fight will be in the USA and I have a contract with HBO.
RTV – Who would you like to fight?
VP – I am prepared to box with the great champions, with the best of the best, Manny Pacquiao, maybe Terence Crawford. But we are thinking which fight will be more interesting for the people.
RTV – Would it be awkward to fight Pacquiao because you are both trained by Freddie Roach?
VP – If this fight happens Freddie Roach said he will decide who he will train and if he trains Manny Pacquiao, we would find another training camp.
RTV – Is there anything you’d like to add?
VP – I want to say a big thank you to the owner of my boxing company, Elite Boxing Promotion, Stepan Chernovetskiy, my trainer Freddie Roach and Aleksandr Polischuk, my wife Olga, all my team in Ukraine and America, Vadim Kornilov and Marvin Somodio.