by Pawel Rydzewski, Michal Koper
On 27 November, former EBU titlist Rafal “Braveheart” Jackiewicz (34-8-1, 18 KOs) will fight against Delvin Rodriguez (24-3-2, 14 KOs) in an IBF welterweight title eliminator. The encounter, scheduled for 12 rounds, will take place in Elk (Poland) and will be promoted by Andrew Wasilewski’s Bullit Knockout Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. 32-year-old Jackiewicz appears convinced, that not only the win in the next bout belongs to him, but also the IBF title in the nearest future.
“I feel like I am the world champion” – the Polish welterweight says. “To be honest, I suspected that before I take on Hltashwayo, he will have lost his belt in a unification fight against one of great champions, Mosley or Cotto. I know where’s the limit of my abilities so I know that I would have minimal chances fighting with them. Rodriguez and Hlatshwayo is a perfect scheme for me. Obviously, I don’t disregard them but I’m sure I’ll defeat these opponents.” – explains Jackiewicz who expresses his respect for the Dominican rival. “Rodriguez is the best boxer I’ve ever fought. Our skills are similar but thanks to my strong determination I’ll defeat him”.
Besides Jackiewicz vs Rodriguez which will be the main event of the evening, Polish fans are expecting Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (41-2-1, 31 KOs) performance against experienced Bulgarian Konstantin Semerdjiev (27-11-2, 16 KO). Włodarczyk is set to fight for the WBC cruiserweight title with the winner of Fragomeni vs Erdei bout, scheduled on 21 November. Also on the card WBC youth world cruiserweight champion – Tomasz Hutkowski (15-0-1, 11 KOs) in his last defense fight will face the undefeated Croat Ivica Bacurin (5-0-1, 1 KOs).