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On October the 8th at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, WBA-InterContinental Welterweight title holder Kell ‘Special K’ Brook will fight ex world title challenger Rafal Jackiewicz in a WBA world title eliminator fight. Brook’s WBA-InterContinental title is also at stake. 

Going into the fight, Brook is a huge favorite and Jackiewicz, the big underdog. Before Brook’s past two fights were announced, his promoter Eddie Hearn has been saying that after Brook’s recent domination over boxers at domestic and European level, ‘special k’s’ level of opposition will improve. After that statement from Hearn, Brook has only had one fight, this was against Lovemore Ndou. This is a decent name for his resume and by far the best opposition Kell has faced.

However coming into the fight with Brook, Ndou had lost two of his last five fights, with one draw to fellow Brit Matthew Hatton and he had also lost his previous fight before stepping into the ring with ‘the special one.’ So there was a big difference in confidence levels between the two. Add to that, Ndou being 40 years old, he had just moved down in weight and was fighting in Brook’s backyard, Kell brook was never going to lose that fight.

In my opinion, Brook has got an opponent in a similar position to what Lovemore Ndou was back in June. Jackiewicz has lost 9 fights to Ndou’s 13, he is 34 to Ndou’s 40, and has lost 1 of his last 3 fights to Ndou’s 2 losses in 5 before he faced Brook. So looking at those comparisons, it is obvious that Jackiewicz is not in as bad of a position that Lovemore was, but in terms of level of opposition that Brook has faced, Jackiewicz is just a slight upgrade to what Ndou was.

Kell Brook vs Rafal Jackiewicz Prediction
Well, I believe that it will be another dominant performance for Brook, but I also think the scorecards will be slightly closer to what they were when Brook fought Ndou. Jackiewicz is a natural Welterweight and has always fought in this division, and is still relatively young so he shouldn’t have problems with his stamina if the fight gets to the later rounds. Brook has got a very good knockout ratio in his victories, but the fact that he didn’t stop Ndou, and that Jackiewicz has never been stopped in nine defeats, tells me that a wide unanimous decision for Brook is the most likely outcome.

I don’t give Jackiewicz much of a chance - looking at his knockout ratio this suggests he isn’t that big of a puncher, and with 8 of his nine defeats coming from lower opposition this suggests that he isn’t the most technical gifted boxer so it is very unlikely that he will outbox Brook who has good technical skills. And if the fight is close then Brook will most likely get the nod as the fight is in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield.

So my prediction is a Brook wide unanimous decision something like 9 rounds to 3 or 10 rounds to 2 in favor of Kell Brook.

What’s next for the winner of Kell Brook vs Rafal Jackiewicz?
Well, as this is a WBA Welterweight title eliminator bout the winner will go onto fight Viacheslav Senchenko who currently holds the WBA Welterweight and is unbeaten. As I said earlier, it is almost definite that Brook will get the win, and it will be a good match for boxing if Brook does win and goes onto fight another unbeaten boxer in Senchenko for a world title. And if Jackiewicz does cause an upset, then he thoroughly deserves a world title shot and If he causes one big upset in beating Brook , then I wouldn’t write him off in causing another and beating Senchenko.

But, going back to reality, Brook should get the title shot and will face Viacheslav Senchenko in a battle of the unbeaten Welterweights, with a winner holding a world title.

I think it is Brook’s biggest fight so far in his career, but I think it will be an easy fight, and one which he should win comfortably and this time next year we could have another British world title holder in Special K.

Let me know what you think of this matchup, who wins between Brook and Jackiewicz, and is this a “step up in opposition” compared to Brook’s last couple of fights, and how would you see a Brook Vs Senchenko fight going.