WBC super lightweight title eliminator (winner fight for the WBC belt), boxing
Mimoune / Postol
I followed Mimoune's career almost since the beginning back in 2010 he turned pro, and I met him in 2011, in Paris, France. At the french sport institute, this is a place where all top french athletes are training, boxing, wrestling, athletism, judo, swimming, almost every sport are covered in this big place and every sport have their facilities.
Boxing wasn't the biggest "room" of the french institute but it was bigger than what I've seen from the past in my previous boxing gym, and every top french boxers was training there so you improve really quick and you're surrounded by profesionall, profesional boxing coach, strength and conditioning coach, nutritionist, every boxers didn't have their own coach of course but they worked with all of us, in Under 15yo national team, we were about 15, all weight class covered (you had to win the national championship or at least becomes second in order too be selectioned for the national team)
And this is where I met him when I was training there because even if he turned pro he still had friends there and know all the coachs so from time to time he was coming training with the older guys of course not with us, but all national team we all knew each other doesn't matter the age so I met him but not really talk with him just shaking hands and thats it.
And this is where I met most of top pro french boxer like Goulamirian (WBA cruiserweight champion) , Oubaali (WBC bantamweight champion), Mimoune (IBO champion) ,Oumihha (silver 2016 olympic medalist), Yoka (2016 olympic Gold medalist), and many other who fought for the french national team at the 2016/2012 olympics they were almost all training at the french institute so that's why I know almost all top french boxers, french boxing world is small.
So anyway I met Mimoune early in his pro career and I started to follow his career. Honestly he did most of his career without much help, here in France pro boxing is garbage honestly, no much attention, promoter are very few and it's hard to find fights. That's why a lot of french boxer turn pro in England or in USA because the opportunity there for pro boxing are much better. Amateur boxing here is good but profesional boxing is not
Mimoune fought decent opposition, not crazy but OK, mostly they were either national level or european level, honestly I dont think neither of his opponent had the level to be on the world level. And by world level I mean fighting for a world belt like WBC, IBF, WBA etc. And here he fight an opponent who is really a world level fighter
Postol is pretty good honestly, he lost to only elite fighter, Crawford and Taylor, they were the best of their weight class when he fought them. Postol has a big reach and will have the reach advantage here like in all of his fight, very tall for his weight class but maybe lacks of power, like his opponent Mimoune so here I think it will most likely go to a decision.
And with Postol winning all of his fight but losing against elite fighters I think if he use his reach, movement, fight from the outside, like he usually does I think he should take it. I dont think Postol is finished honestly, recently he lost against the WBC champion Taylor but it was pretty close for me at least before the knockdown in the 10th round, Postol was doing his fight, winning some rounds, pretty good movement and was touching him.
And here against Mimoune honestly I will talk honest, Mimoune for me is european level, I dont think he is world level boxer to be honest, he didn't win enough convincingly in his european title defense that it can makes me feel like he is really in an other level to be honest. And here against Postol it's different, Postol is a former world champion, fought a lot of good and experienced guys and has all the tools to win this fight honestly.
Now two things are scared me in this fight, Postol might not be as hungry as Mimoune in this one because it's first fight for Mimoune in the really big stage in USA, and if he lose this fight this might be his last and only fight at a big stage like this so I think he will be very motivated here. And the second is that if it's going to be a close fight, the judge might favor Mimoune because he is with MTK Promotion and with Postol being ukrainian will not help either but this is only if the fight is really close and can be decided with only 1-2 points but if Postol wins clearly the rounds we shouldn't have this problem. I think in this fight both will take some rounds and I expect a pretty close decision overall honestly, after 12 rounds I dont expect something like 120-108, something way closer and I think if Postol follow his gameplan and fight like usual he should win by decision