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Terence Crawford, Viktor Postol make weight for unification bout

LAS VEGAS -- Junior welterweight titleholders Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol both appeared ripped and ready as they made weight Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena ahead of their world title unification fight Saturday.

Postol weighed in first and was 139½ pounds, a half-pound under the division limit. Crawford, with hundreds of fans who made the trip from his native Omaha, Nebraska, cheering him on, was 140 for the fight, which will headline Top Rank's HBO PPV card (9 p.m. ET) and crown the No. 1 junior welterweight in the world.

After the fighters faced off and posed for pictures -- no trash-talking, as has been the case throughout the promotion -- Crawford thanked his hometown fans for making the trip.

"I'm ready to put on a show [Saturday] night," Crawford told them. "It's going to be action all night. Two top fighters, two world champions, two undefeated fighters in the primes. I'm ready. Don't blink. That's all I have to say."

Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs), the 28-year-old former lightweight world champion and 2014 fighter of the year, will be making the third defense of his junior welterweight belt. Postol, 32, who knocked out Lucas Matthysse in the 10th round to win a vacant title in a big upset in October, will be making his first defense.

"On Saturday I will prove that I am not an underdog once and for all," Postol said through translator and manager Vadim Kornilov.

Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) heads into the fight with a sense of relief after his wife, Olga, gave birth to twin boys, Lukian and Timofey, on Tuesday in Ukraine. He said he wants to win so he can bring home a world title belt for each baby.

"Obviously, it takes some pressure off," Postol said about his wife delivering healthy babies while he is away. "I thank my wife for doing it without me."

Featherweight Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KOs), Mexico's only two-time Olympic boxer, will face Argentina's Matias Adrian Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) for a vacant world title. Valdez was on the division limit of 126 pounds, and Rueda was 125.

Welterweight Jose Benavidez Jr. (24-0, 16 KOs) weighed 146½ for his fight with Francisco "Chia" Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs), who was 148 pounds, the contract limit for the nontitle bout.

During an intense staredown, Benavidez made a throat-slash gesture toward Santana as they were nose-to-nose. Santana simply stared straight ahead until they were separated.

Light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk (10-0, 10 KOs), a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist from Ukraine and one of the top prospects in boxing, was at the division limit of 175 pounds, and opponent Tommy Karpency (26-5-1, 15 KOs) was 174½ .

The Nevada State Athletic Commission also released the purses for the card. Crawford will earn $1.3 million. Postol's official purse is $250,000, but he is guaranteed $675,000 due to money being paid in Ukraine.

Valdez will earn $140,000, and Rueda's purse is $30,000, although he, too, will earn more from revenue in Argentina. Benavidez and Santana will be paid $50,000 apiece. Gvozdyk's purse is $30,000, and Karpency, a former world title challenger, will earn $50,000.