By Alexey Sukachev
Polish welterweight Rafal Jackiewicz (35-8-1, 18 KOs) made a leapfrog move from European scene to the world one with a controversial unanimous decision over Dominican Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14 KOs) in the IBF final eliminator moments ago at Hala MOSiR in Elk, Poland. Fighting in front of a roaring crowd, the Polish boxer started the fight behind a tight guard with the successful use of the crouching style. Rodriguez, however, was able to adjust himself to the awkward boxing style of his foe and started to pepper him with the jab. Jackiewicz, on the other hand, found a hole in Dominican’s defense for his right hand and scored frequently with it all fight long. In round five, the local hero wobbled Rodriguez with a short right once again, but in the sixth Rodriguez paid back in painful style, dropping Jackiewicz (WBA/IBF #4, WBO #6, WBC #11) on an accumulation of punches. The Pole was very lucky to survive the rest of that stanza. After the seventh round, also in Rodriguez’ favor, Jackiewicz caught a second wind and turned back the tide. Both fighters gave their all at the end of the contest with the Dominican (IBF #3) being more effective and more active of two. That, however, didn’t prevent him from losing his second fight in a row, as all three judges saw it in favor of the Polish contender: 114-112, 115-112 and an astonishing 117-116. Fightnews saw the fight differently, as a close 113-114 victory for Delvin Rodriguez.
Tuning up for yet another world title opportunity, IBF ex-champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (42-2-1, 31 KOs) scored an easy unanimous decision against Bulgarian veteran Konstantin Semerdjiev (27-12-2, 16 KOs) over eight rather workmanlike rounds. The WBC #1 and IBF #11 cruiserweight floored his opponent with a short counter right hook in the second round but was taken to a full distance this time. Fightnews had it 80-71 for the obvious winner.
Young Polish cruiserweight Tomasz Hutkowski (16-0-1, 11 KOs) failed to impress but ultimately cruised to an unanimous decision over iron-chinned Belgian journeyman Ismail Abdoul (32-17-2, 13 KOs) with scores 97-94 (twice) and 98-93 to retain his WBC Youth title. Abdul marched behind the steady block with his jab on throughout the whole contest, while WBC #14 Hutkowski chose to work from the outside and was successful sometimes in doing so. However, in latter rounds Abdoul tried to increase the tempo of the fight and even went after the Pole but failed to deliver anything of real significance. Fightnews saw it for the local fighter 96-94.
Super middleweight Maciej Myszkin (4-0, 2 KOs) outpointed tough Armenian Grigor Sarohanian (1-2) over six hard-fought rounds.