By Przemek Garczarczyk/Ringpolska
Photo: Wojtek Urbanek/Ringpolska
“I’m extremely disappointed with my performance today,” said Polish welterweight contender Rafal Jackiewicz (36-9-1, 18 KOs) after his majority decision loss to IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (30-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportpark Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Jackiewicz, only fighter who has ever defeated Zaveck (in 2008), continued “Everything was great before I stepped into ring. Three months of great training camp, perfect conditioning, perfect sparring sessions and I thought best fight disposition in my life. Those 12,000 plus fans cheering for Jan did not influence the way I was boxing. I just didn’t do what we worked on all those tough, hard months with my training staff.
“Every time the round ended, I was more and more frustrated, seeing that my jab was not effective, my body shots were weak and that I just cannot, for one reason or another, keep my fight plan. I feel like a defeated man, the worst feeling in the world. I let myself and all the people down, there’s no question about it. We came here not to just have a good fight. I was convinced that IBF belt would be mine tonight, this was my goal from day one and I will not finish my career on the losing note.
“When we fought first time, two years ago in Katowice, when I won a split decision, Zaveck was lot better that today and I was able to win. But not today. He beat me fair and square.”