WBC International light welterweight title
Viktor Postol 23(10)-0 vs. Ignacio Mendoza 38(23)-7-2
Outside Ukraine, Postol remains obscure. This is too bad because he’s actually very good.
In fact, he’s coming off a very competitive win against Hank Lundy. At the time, it was thought that Lundy was on the downslide — but after Lundy’s win against Ajose Olusegun, Postol-Lundy should probably be re-evaluated.
Even so, Postol has a few other wins to hang his hat on. He has definitive wins against DeMarcus Corley, Yvan Mendy, and Jose Lopez.
Postol is tall and lanky. He’s an excellent outside fighter who has a pinpoint jab.
Nevertheless, the fight with Lundy exposed a defensive flaw. When Postol throws the jab, he lowers his right hand slightly, which leaves him vulnerable to a left hook. His first instinct when countered is to move his head backwards. That just means it’s wise to double up with the left hook.
Mendoza is a good match up because, while he’s been KOed by Khabib Allakhverdiev and Kevin Mitchell, he’s also defeated a few prospects. He has victories over Mohamed Yassa and the previously undefeated Volodymyr Kravets.
With razor sharp combos coming at different angles, Mendoza has speed. Postol, therefore, cannot be lazy with his head movement.
Prediction: Postol by UD.