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LAS VEGAS (AP) – Terence Crawford won both the fight and a possible ticket into the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes.
Crawford turned in a dominating performance Saturday night in a battle of unbeaten champions, knocking Viktor Postol down twice on his way to a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision to put himself in the running for a fight with Pacquiao in November.
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 Postol.
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 Ukrainian.