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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Sanchez: If Canelo Dominates Golovkin, I'll Admit GGG Got Old Ismael Salas Denies Rumors of Split With Jorge Linares March Madness shocker yields memories of giant ring surprises Ellerbe Concerned, Would Advise Mayweather To Avoid MMA McGregor Opens as 10-1 Favorite in Mayweather MMA Fight Wilder: I'm Convinced Joshua, Hearn Are Definitely Scared of Me! Buitrago Pulled From Hard Rock Card Over Murder For Hire Beef Frampton Slams Quigg, Not Buying His Excuse For Missing Weight Golden Boy Matchmaker Reacts to 'Neno' Calling Out Ryan Garcia Kautondokwa is Ready For War on Namibian Independence Card Roach Impressed With Jose Ramirez, Wants to Improve Defense Lolenga Mock, Mogens Palle Part Ways Over Money Isaac Ekpo, Rafael Mensah Train With McKinley, Praise Don King Povetkin's Manager: Drug Tests in Order, No Worries For Price Alberto Melian Drills Countryman Julian Aristule in Two Rounds Felix Verdejo's Trainer Expects His Fighter To Return Stronger Michael Dutchover Continues Winning Run at Doubletree Joshua vs. Parker - Giuseppe Quartarone Confirmed as Referee Sadam Ali vs. Liam Smith Finalized For May 12, Turning Stone Anthony Crolla vs. Edson Ramirez Set For Joshua-Parker Card Photos: Whyte, Bowne - Get Very Heated on 'Gloves Are Off' News: Sven Fornling, Brian Ceballo, Nikolai Potapov, More Daniel Jacobs vs. Maciej Sulecki - Undercard Information Arthur Abraham: I'm Not Ready To Retire, I Want World Title Again Joseph Parker: I'm Going To Come in Light and Fast vs. Joshua Gvozdyk: Stevenson is 40 & Inactive; Not Sure He'll Beat Jack Liam Smith: Canelo Ruined Legacy, Look How His Body Changed! Weekend Review: Jose Ramirez Rises, Felix Verdejo Crumbles Zou Shiming: I Don't Have The Courage To Retire at The Moment Lucas Browne Maintains Innocence in Drug Testing Beefs Floyd Mayweather Says He Will Apply For MMA License Horn's Coach: Crawford Will Be in For a Big Shock in First Round! Berchelt To Make Another Voluntary Defense, Then Roman Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez: Positive or Negative? WBC Prez: I'm Not Protecting Canelo, But We Have To Be Fair! Arum Says ESPN Momentum Building, Big Plans Ahead in 2018 Danny O'Connor Gets Off The Floor, Decisions Steve Claggett Felix Verdejo Very Angry With Decision To Stop The Fight Video: Crawford's Coach Shreds Horn - Warns Spence, Thurman Kyril Relikh vs. Eduard Troyanovsky Showdown is Ordered

Latest Active Forum Threads