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article imageFreddie Roach disputes Viktor Postol's underdog tag

By Leo Reyes     Jun 22, 2016 in Sports
Seven-time BWAA Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach isn't comfortable with fans tagging his fighter, Viktor Postol, as the underdog going into his showdown with WBO Light Welterweight champion Terence Crawford on July 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
Postol, who will defend his WBC Light Welterweight title for the first time against Crawford shares his reaction to the underdog tag saying it may have been concocted by Crawford's fans.
"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. I'm 100% confident in myself and in my victory on July 23rd and the reasons are simple. I work harder in training camp than my opponents because I have to. Because I want to," Postol said.
"I have the best trainer working with me and his name his Freddie Roach. He has been named Trainer of the Year a record seven times and he is in the Hall of Fame," he added.
Postol said Crawford doesn't have one in his camp who has the caliber of Roach. He cited his wins over Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin which happened during Roach's watch.
Despite the underdog tag, the 32-year-old Ukrainian is confident Roach will carry him to another victory recalling that he was the underdog in his wins over Aydin and Matthysse.
For his part Roach said Postol's experience against elite fighters like Matthysse and Aydin will carry him through in his upcoming title fight against Crawford.
"I do not feel that Viktor is an underdog going into this fight. Why should I? In his two toughest tests -- Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin -- he didn't just knock them out, he took their will to fight away. He broke them down brick by brick. His experience against blue chip opposition has been great preparation for his fight with Terence Crawford," Roach said.
Roach also cited the experience Postol gained during the training of Manny Pacquiao leading up to his fight against Chris Algieri where Postol served as one of Pacquiao's sparring mates.
Crawford and Postol are both unbeaten in their pro careers but the 28-year-old Omaha native is slightly favored to win because of his high percentage of wins via KO.
It is going to be a tough match for Postol, who has a low knockout rating of 43 percent compared to Crawford's remarkable 71 percent rating.
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