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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, July 25, 2016
LAS VEGAS---Terence Crawford
was so sure of his victory Saturday
night that he spent part of the final
round with his hands at his side,
taunting Viktor Postol.
What he s not so sure of is that
Manny Pacquiao will agree to his
terms and fight him at 140 pounds
"It will be at 140, definitely," Craw-
ford said. "But I m going on vacation
now. We re not worried about Manny
Pacquiao right now."
Crawford turned in a dominating
performance Saturday night in a battle
of unbeaten champions, knocking
Postol down twice on his way to a
lopsided 12-round unanimous decision
to put himself in the running for a
fight with Pacquiao---who has fought
most recently at 147 pounds---in
Crawford took control of the 140-
pound title unification fight with two
knockdowns in the fifth round, and
then shut down Postol the rest of the
way. He was so far ahead in the 12th
round that he put his arms down at
his side at one point, taunting Pos-
tol.Both fighters came into the bout
with titles and records of 28-0. But
Crawford was clearly the best technical
fighter, despite giving away significant
height and reach advantage to the
Crawford won 118-107 on two ring-
side scorecards, and 117-108 on the
third. The Associated Press had him
"Postol is a great champion and he
was undefeated for a reason," Crawford
said. "We got the job done tonight."
Crawford, who has won all seven
of his title fights, was impressive in
spurts as he controlled the fight from
the early rounds on. He dropped Postol
with the first punch of the fifth round,
then dropped him again later in the
round after battering him across the
ring with a big left hand.
The knockdowns seemed to take
some energy out of Postol and Craw-
ford spent the rest of the fight circling
and not allowing Postol to get set.
When Crawford did stop to punch,
he landed some big shots to Postol s
"That s boxing," Crawford said.
"That s how you box, with movement.
That s what boxing is all about."
Crawford, who was cheered by a
vocal contingent of fans from his
hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, was
a 6-1 favourite heading into the fight
despite both fighters holding identical
records and pieces of the super light-
It turned out the oddsmakers were
on target as Crawford took what was
an even fight on the scorecards after
four rounds and turned it into a run-
Two-time Mexican Olympian
Oscar Valdez Jr won a piece of the
featherweight title on the undercard,
stopping Argentina s Matias Rueda
with a series of punches in the second
round. The title was vacant after Vasyl
Lomachenko vacated his belt after
moving up to super featherweight.
Crawford too much for Postol in unification fight
Froome, wearing the
celebrates with a
glass of champagne
during the twenty-
first stage of the
Tour de France
cycling race over 113
miles) with start in
Chantilly and finish
in Paris, France,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Viktor Postol, left, is hit by Terence Crawford during WBC-WBO junior
welterweight unification title bout in Las Vegas on Saturday. AP PHOTO
PARIS---After the beer and cham-
pagne celebrations, Chris Froome
delivered a sobering and emotional
message from the Tour de France
winner s podium on the Champs-
Ten days after the Bastille Day truck
attack in Nice that killed 84 people,
Froome---a Kenyan-born British rider
who often trains on the French Riv-
iera---reminded everyone what the
Tour stands for.
"These events put sport into per-
spective but they also show why the
values of sport are so important to
free society," Froome said yesterday
in a prepared speech. "We all love the
Tour de France because it s unpre-
dictable but we love the Tour more
for what stays the same---the passion
of the fans for every nation, the beauty
of the French countryside and the
bonds of friendship created through
sport. These things will never change.
"Thanks for your kindness in these
difficult times," Froome added, switch-
ing to French as he addressed the local
fans. "You have the most beautiful
race in the world. Vive le Tour, Vive
Cheered on by thousands of fans
undeterred by the recent spate of vio-
lence across Europe, Froome cele-
brated his third Tour title in four years.
He finished safely at the back of the
main pack in the final stage, arm-in-
arm with his teammates during the
mostly ceremonial leg ending on the
cobblestones below the Arc de Tri-
Immediately afterward, Froome was
greeted by his wife and infant son,
who he took in his arms.
"To Michelle my wife and my son
Kellan, your love and support make
everything possible. Kellan, I dedicate
this victory to you," Froome said,
also thanking his teammates and
Andre Greipel of Germany won the
21st leg in a sprint finish.
At the start of the stage, Froome
dropped back to his Team Sky car to
collect bottles of beer and distributed
them to each of his eight teammates
for a celebratory round.
Then it was time for the traditional
flute of champagne.
Froome rode a yellow bike to go
with his yellow jersey, helmet, gloves
and shoes. His teammates had yellow
stripes on their jerseys and yellow
handlebars on their bikes.
Froome also still had bandages on
his right knee and elbow, the result
of a downhill crash two days ago.
Froome finished with an advantage
of 4 minutes, 5 seconds ahead of
Romain Bardet of France, while Nairo
Quintana of Colombia placed third
overall, 4:21 back.
Only four men---five-time winners
Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault,
Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain---
now have more Tour victories than
"I ve definitely grown to appreciate
this history of the sport a lot more,"
Froome said. "Being in the position
that I m in now, I m understanding
how tough it is to win a race like the
Tour de France. To win back-to-back
editions and now to be a three-time
winner is incredible. It s beyond what
I ve ever dreamed."
While other big riders of his gen-
eration like Alberto Contador and
Vincenzo Nibali have all three Grand
Tours---the Giro d Italia, the Tour de
France and the Spanish Vuelta---
Froome plans to keep his focus on
"It would be my dream to keep
coming back to the Tour de France
for the next five, six years," he said.
"I ve already won it three times and
I wouldn t say the novelty is wearing
off. ... It s the biggest event we have
on our calendar and to be here in the
yellow jersey, it s every cyclist s dream."
Compared to his wins in 2013 and
2015, Froome has become more adept
at handling speculation that he is
doping. After facing constant accu-
sations during last year s race---includ-
ing a spectator yelling "doper!" and
hurling a cup of urine at him---Froome
released some of his training data at
the end of last year.
"I think I ve put that to rest now,"
he said. "I ve really done a lot in terms
of offering up my physiological data
and trying to be open to people as
much as I can while protecting a com-
petitive advantage at the same time."
Froome took the yellow jersey with
a daring downhill attack in Stage 8,
padded his lead with a late breakaway
in Stage 11, and overcame a motorbike
crash on the legendary Mont Ventoux
and a fall on a slippery descent in the
Alps with two stages to go.
Tour director Christian Prudhomme
complimented Froome for showing
"panache" after his downhill attack
in the Pyrenees, and the fans have
treated him better, too.
"The atmosphere on the roads has
been fantastic," Froome said. "The
French public, they make this race
what it is."
Out of respect for the Nice victims,
Froome refused to discuss race details
the day after the attack. But he lauded
Tour organizers for deciding to keep
the race going.
"It s been a really strong sign," he
said, "that life goes on and it s not
going to be stopped by these terrorist
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