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INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Junior welterweight Viktor Postol earned a mandatory title shot against champion Danny Garcia by putting on a clinic against Selcuk Aydin and then knocking him out in the 11th round of a final elimination fight on Saturday night at the refurbished Forum, which was hosting its first boxing card since 2001.
Postol dominated the fight before ending matters with a brutal onslaught of punches, including a devastating right uppercut, to win the co-feature on the card headlined by the welterweight title elimination bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado.
Whether Postol actually will get a crack at Garcia remains to be seen because Garcia could soon be headed to the welterweight division, which would mean Postol would fight for a vacant belt.
"This is the best training camp I ever had in my life," Postol said. "I am ready to fight the best in the division. I'm ready for anything that comes my way because of this victory."
In the first round, Aydin landed a big overhand left that knocked Postol off balance and sent him reeling into the ropes in a round that Postol had otherwise scored well in. Aydin was not able to do much else the rest of the fight.
Other than Aydin's big shot in the opening round, Postol (26-0, 11 KOs) seemed to dominate with his activity level as he used his long arms and height advantage to give Aydin (26-3, 19 KOs) fits.
The fourth round was a good example, as Postol landed as many punches as Aydin threw. Poston connected on 39 of 111 punches, according to CompuBox statistics, while Aydin landed only 12 of 39.
Early in the seventh round, Postol knocked Aydin off balance with a left hook to the head. He also displayed a good uppercut and was able to keep the shorter Aydin on the outside.
In the 11th round, referee Raul Caiz Jr. docked a point from Aydin for hitting behind the head, but Postol ended the fight moments later when he hammered Aydin with a right uppercut that sent him to the mat, and his head crashed off of it. Caiz immediately stopped the bout at 2 minutes, 52 seconds.
Postol, 30, of Ukraine, was fighting in the United States for the second time and scored the second-best victory of his career. His best win came in March 2013, a unanimous, 12-round decision in Ukraine against contender Hank Lundy of Philadelphia.
Aydin, 30, of Turkey, saw a three-fight winning streak come to an end after losing his two previous bouts at welterweight, decisions to Jesus Soto Karass in January 2013 and Robert Guerrero in a July 2012 interim title bout.
|Oscar Bravo, left, was overwhelmed by Diego Magdaleno, who scored a unanimous decision win in a one-sided fight at The Forum.|
Junior lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno (26-1, 10 KOs) scored a knockdown in the fourth round and cruised to a 10-round unanimous decision in a lightweight bout against Chile's Oscar Bravo (21-4, 9 KOs). The judges had it for Magdaleno 80-71, 80-71 and 79-72.
Magdaleno dropped Bravo with a left hand to the body in a dominant fourth round and was never threatened in the one-sided fight.
Magdaleno, a 27-year-old southpaw from Las Vegas, won his third fight in a row after an unsuccessful 130-pound world title challenge when he went to Macau and faced then-titlist Roman Martinez, who scored a fourth-round knockdown and won a split decision.
Bravo, 26, who is unbeaten in his home country, has suffered all four of his losses away from Chile -- in the United States, Argentina, Ghana and Australia.
|Oscar Valdez, right, remains unbeaten after a dominant performance against Noel Echevarria Saturday.|
• Blue-chip junior lightweight prospect Oscar Valdez (11-0, 10 KOs), a 2008 and 2012 Mexican Olympian, worked over game Noel Echevarria (11-3, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico throughout a dominant performance to win by sixth-round knockout when referee Jerry Cantu stopped the fight at the end of the round with Echevarria on his stool after taking tremendous punishment throughout the fight.
Although it was the first time Valdez had been taken into the sixth round as a professional, he was up to the task. He repeatedly hammered Echevarria with solid right hands to the head and body shots, snapping his head back often.
• Welterweight Brad Solomon (22-0, 8 KOs) of Lafayette, Louisiana, rolled to an eight-round decision against Armen Ovsepyan (14-4, 11 KOs) of Los Angeles in a lackluster fight that drew heavy booing from the crowd for its utter lack of action. Solomon, content to move and not engage, won 79-73 on two scorecards and 78-74 on the third.
• In an all-Mexican featherweight fight, Raul Hirales (22-2-1, 11 KOs) knocked out Ernersto Guerrero (17-10, 10 KOs) at 2 minutes, 31 seconds of the third round. Hirales scored a flash knockdown on a right hand early in the first round and dominated until knocking Guerrero out for the count with a right-left combination. Hirales was fighting for the second time since he knocked out Frankie Leal in the eighth round in October, and Leal died a few days later from a brain injury suffered in the fight.
• Indio, California, featherweight Gabino Saenz (12-0-2, 9 KOs) stopped Puerto Rico's Felix Perez (8-6, 3 KOs) at 1 minute, 29 seconds of the third round. Saenz was hurting Perez to the body, including getting warned for a low blow by referee Jack Reiss in the third round. After the warning, Saenz went to the body again with a legal left hand, which dropped Perez for the count.
• Junior lightweight Pedro Duran (6-0, 4 KOs) of Paramount, California, blew out Dominic Coca (8-8, 2 KOs) of Downey, California, stopping him with a hard left hook to the body that dropped him for the count at 1 minute, 9 seconds of the first round.
• Featherweight Edwin Solis (6-2-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico upset Hollywood, California,-based pro debuting Russian Yuri Trogiyanov (0-1), a former kickboxer expected to win, stopping him in the sixth and final round. Solis took it to him from the outset. Solis bloodied his nose in the first round and landed many clean shots. When Solis put together an unanswered flurry of punches in the sixth round, Cantu stopped it at 1 minute, 7 seconds.
• Los Angeles welterweight Zach Wohlman (8-1-1, 1 KO) won a four-round unanimous decision against Eddie Cordova (4-8-1, 1 KO) of Clearfield, Utah, on scores of 40-36, 39-37, 39-37.
• Junior welterweight Cameron Kreal (5-5-2, 0 KOs) of Las Vegas pulled the upset, winning a four-round majority decision against Denver's Manuel Lopez (5-1, 4 KOs), who fights out of the same stable as Alvarado. Two judges favored Kreal 39-37, while the third had it 38-38.