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Brook vs. Jackiewicz: Great matchmaking for Kell

Kell BrookBy Scott Gilfoid: If No.2 ranked WBO welterweight contender Kell Brook (24-0, 16 KO’s) is all what he’s cracked up to be then his fight against No.5 ranked IBF contender Rafal Jackiewicz (38-9-1, 19 KO’s) should be a relatively easy one for the 25-year-old Brook on October 8th at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, Yorkshire.


Jackiewicz, 34, is old, slow, has a weak jab and slow, slow handspeed. It’s not surprising that he has nine losses on his record and that’s against mostly 2nd tier opposition. In watching some of his fights, his bout against IBF welterweight paper champion Jan Zaveck in particular, Jackiewicz was little more than a moving punching bag for 12 rounds. The scores were atrocious.

There was no way Jackiewicz did well enough for the fight to be a majority decision. I saw Zaveck winning the fight by a lopsided 12 round decision over a guy that just couldn’t do anything right – punch, jab or defend. All I can say is good matchmaking for Brook. This is another easy fight for him.

When Brook moved to his new promoter at Matchroom recently, I was thinking that he would break from the mold of facing lower quality guys to finally take on a dangerous opponent in the welterweight division. But as soon as I saw that Brook was matched against Jackiewicz, I saw it as more of the same. Like I said, good matchmaking. I can’t wait for Brook’s next fight.

I suppose he can continue to fight guys like Jackiewicz until he eventually gets a title shot or gets to fight for one of the vacant titles when either Manny Pacquiao, the WBO champ or Flody Mayweather Jr., the WBC champion, give up the belts rather than be forced to defend against boring contenders.

I doubt Brook will be able to knock Jackiewicz out, because the Polish fighter has a good chin and likes to move around a lot to avoid punishment. He’s got a decent short left hook, but that’s about it. His right hand is weak and he pushes with it, and his jabs are like a wet noodle – no snap, no speed and no power. Great choice for Brook. Another easy mark.



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