Junior welterweight contender Viktor Postol will face Jake Giuriceo in a 10-round bout at a maximum contract weight of 144 pounds on April 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Vadim Kornilov, Postol’s manager, told ESPN.com.
Postol (26-0, 11 KOs), 31, of Ukraine, is the mandatory challenger for unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, who faces titleholder Lamont Peterson in a nontitle bout in the main event of the NBC-televised “Premier Boxing Champions” card. But Postol made a deal with Garcia to step aside and allow the Peterson fight to take place. Besides being paid an undisclosed amount of money to step aside, Postol also was guaranteed a spot on the undercard.
The fight will be Postol’s first since a tremendous performance in an 11th-round knockout of Selcuk Aydin in a world title eliminator last May on the Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado undercard at the Forum in Inglewood, California. If Postol wins, he will get the next title shot at Garcia or he will fight for a vacant belt should Garcia move up in weight after facing Peterson, as many suspect he will.
Giuriceo (17-2-1, 4 KOs), 30, is club fighter from Youngstown, Ohio, who will be a prohibitive underdog. He has lost two of his past three bouts.