Advertisement
Advertisement

Rafal Jackiewicz Nears a Title Shot After Rodriguez Win

by Piotr Momot

Rafal Jackiewicz is now only one step away from fullfilling his dream of being the world champion after beating Delvin Rodriguez in a very entertaining affair. Polish welterweight convincingly beat his much taller and physically stronger opponent earning a well deserved unanimous decision. Now being official number one IBF welterweight contender, Jackiewicz will face the winner of championship bout between Isaac Hlathswayo and Jan Zaveck.

Not huge but very loud crowd in Elk, Poland saw their hero very focused from the first bell. Jackiewicz was covered behind tight guard waiting for good opportunities to counter. The Pole showed a very good form before he threw any shot to make sure that he wouldn't be countered by his much stronger rival.

During the first two rounds made it clear that even though Jackiewicz is the shorter man, he can perfectly time his opponent's jab and counter with his straight right hand and a very quick stift jab. Rodriguez tried to move forward and put some pressure on the Polish fighter but was unable to land any punches.

The tough Dominican won the third round mainly because inactivity of Jackiewicz. Rodriguez also did not land many punches but he at least threw some. Next two rounds were again dominated by Jackiewicz who stunned his opponent at the end of the fifth. If Polish guy was a puncher, it could be the quick work for him, based on how many clean punches he landed in the first five rounds.

Coming to the sixth round, Jackiewicz was confident of his abilities and ready to rock his opponent once again. But he made a mistake by getting a little overconfident and got caught himslef by a big right hook while he was approaching with his straight right. Jackiewicz was immediatly out on his feet and went on the ropes covering. His eyes were not clear, his legs were not steady, he was looking like ready to go at any second.

Rodriguez went wild after he his hurt opponent and tried to turn around this fight in one round. It looked like Eddie Cotton would wave the fight off at any second but finally Jackiewicz went down which eventually rescued him from being stopped. He took the eight count and started to clinch in survival mode. It was hard to imagine but he finished the round on his feet.

Jackiewicz looked pretty much steady coming to the seventh but his body langauge was not as confident as he was before going down. Now being more cautious, he again waited patiently for the good opporunities to land his shots and outpoint still dangerous rival gunning for another big shot.

From the eight round, Jackiewicz looked fully recovered from the knockdown and controlled the next few rounds with his boxing. Going into final round, Rodriguez looked like he knew that he needed a knockout to win but his offensive performance was as ineffective. Jackiewicz stole the 12th round with late fury and landing some quick combinations on the inside.

All three judges saw it the same way, with scores of 116-112, 114-112, and 115-112 for Jackiewicz. This writer scored it a bit more wide, scoring nine rounds to three for the Polish fighter. The Rodriguez and his team disagreed with the scorecards but they did not have any strong arguments. Jackiewicz outlanded Rodriguez by at least a two to one margin being more precise and landing more meaningfull punches in almost every round. The Polish fighter also has showed a much better defense and footwork. Probably in late February of next year, Jackiewicz will face the winner of Isaac Hlathswayo-Jan Zaveck clash.

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Deontay Wilder Possibility Helped Draw Joshua To Showtime Broner: I Showed More In Maidana Loss Than In My Wins Khan: Look at Kell Brook's Last 10 Foes, Is It Worth Fighting Him? Jason Quigley: For Me - It's Live Fast and Die a Legend Hearn: I Made Derry Mathews Offer For Dodd on Bellew-Makabu Pulev vs. Chisora Provides Heavyweight Punch To AWE Doubleheader Canelo: While I'm at 155-Pounds, I'm Not Facing Anyone at 160 Hamed Backs Carl Frampton To Overcome Leo Santa Cruz British Boxing Update: Nick Blackwell, Ryan Fields, Welborn Hatton Warns Khan: Canelo Puts on Huge Amount of Weight Ismael Barroso - Never Too Late to Arrive Video: Hopkins Sounds Off on State of Boxing, Mayweather, More Video: Canelo Slams Gennady Golovkin, Talks Khan Clash De La Hoya: To Those Who Know Boxing - Khan is HUGE Favorite Video: Bernard Hopkins Details The Need For Golovkin vs. Kovalev Amir Khan Will Not Rule Out Fighting Gennady Golovkin Next WBC President Outlines Canelo/Golovkin/Khan Title Resolution De La Hoya on Khan: I'm Actually Nervous For Canelo Video: Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference De La Hoya: I Won't Vote Trump, He Cheated Me in Golf Video: Bernard Hopkins Tells Golovkin To Follow His Lead Jose Benavidez-Francisco Santana in Play For Crawford-Postol Khan: If Trump Wins, Might Be Last Fight For Me, Canelo at MGM Photos: Canelo, Khan Face To Face at Final Presser Breazeale Warns Joshua: Prepare For War, I'll Be Guns Blazing Broner Describes Troubles Making Weight For Theophane Fight Canelo To Golovkin: Earn Your Shot, Work Your Way Up! Joshua: “Showtime is three or four years ahead of the game” Hopkins: No Excuses, Golovkin Should Fight Kovalev! Joshua To Breazeale: Back Up Talk, Don't Be Like Other Americans Adrien Broner Voting for Trump: He’ll Lower My Taxes Hughie Fury Set To Return on Fury-Klitschko Rematch Bill, July 9 Video: Anthony Joshua Pumped For Breazeale Title Defense Video: Breazeale Confident Anthony Joshua is Going To Sleep Video: Joshua, Breazeale Go Face To Face and Trade Words Video: Joshua, Breazeale, SHO Press Conference Highlights Khan: I Won't Run For 12, I Will Stand and Trade With Canelo TMT Adds Gavril, Rakhmanov To ShoBox Card on May 13th Photos: Anthony Johsua, Dominic Breazeale Tense Face To Face Amir Khan: I Think It's Great To Be The Underdog
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement