Brook faces Jackiewicz tomorrow, still hopes Khan will fight him
By William Mackay: Despite IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan saying he’ll be looking to take on Matthew Hatton in his first fight at welterweight in early 2012, unbeaten Kell Brook (24-0, 16 KO’s) is still holding out hope that Khan will change his mind and fight him. I wouldn’t recommend that Brook put his life on hold waiting for that to happen, because it doesn’t fit Khan’s tendencies.
Brook fights Poland’s Rafal Jackiewicz (38-9-1, 19 KO’s) tomorrow night at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire. Although Jackiewicz might be contender on paper, in reality he’s still pretty much as unknown as the previous 24 opponents that Brook has dined on to build up his impressive record. In watching a couple of Jackiewicz’s fights, he doesn’t look like a fighter deserving of his #5 IBF ranking in the welterweight division.
“Amir Khan is also a possibility because he will be stepping up to welterweight,” Brook said to thesun.co.uk. “He’s in my sights. The fans want to see me and Amir fight, I want it, but I’m not sure he wants it.”
Of course Khan doesn’t want it. If he did, he’d be calling Brook out 24/7 the same way he’s doing with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Khan isn’t shy about letting the guys he wants to fight know about it. It’s not that Khan can beat Mayweather; It’s more of a case where Khan will get a huge payday in the Mayweather fight and will become famous or infamous for losing to him. For some fighters, they can get a huge surge in popularity even when they get destroyed by someone as long as they put in a halfway decent performance.
Brook shouldn’t have any problems beating Jackiewicz tomorrow. Jackiewicz is slow, lacks power and doesn’t have much in the way of skills.
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