On November 27th Delvin Rodriguez took on Rafel Jackiewicz in an official welterweight IBF title eliminator in Poland, the home country of Jackiewicz. Rodriguez put on a dominating performance but Jackiewicz was awarded a unanimous decision with the scores of 116-112, 115- 112 and 114-112. “After watching the fight we believe it is crystal clear that anyone who watches this fight knows who the winner truly is,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing, and promoter of Rodriguez. “Hopefully the IBF will closely examine the footage, and grant Delvin a rematch.”
The loss for Rodriguez is painfully similar to what he has gone through over the past year. In November of 2008, Rodriguez went into South Africa to fight Isaac Hlatshwayo in an official IBF title eliminator, dropping Hlatshwayo in the 9th round, and seemingly out working the South African, in a fight that was eventually ruled a draw. In August of this year, Rodriguez fought Hlatshwayo again, this time for the vacant IBF welterweight championship, losing a close controversial split decision.
“He just can’t seem to get a break,” stated DeGuardia. “He fought a brilliant fight against Jackiewicz and he did everything he needed to do to win the fight, but for some reason once again he didn’t get the decision.”