7th October 2011

Kell Brook will be fighting to keep his ambitions of a world welterweight title challenge alive on Saturday night when he puts his WBA Inter-Continental title on the line against tough Polish fighter Rafal Jackiewicz at a sell out Ponds Forge Arena, in his home City of Sheffield.

Brook 25, is considered to be one of the most gifted British boxers on the scene at present and now unbeaten 24 fights, with 16 wins coming by KO, this WBA world title eliminator fight is the biggest test thus far, for the former British, WBO and current WBA Inter-continental champion, and in Jackiewicz he will be up against a former world title challenger who has never been stopped in 48 fights.

Special K’s last fight was a points win against African Lovemore N’dou in June to claim the title he defends this weekend and you would think Brook will go about boxing the same kind of fight against the solid Pole, a stoppage win for Brook would be a real statement and propel him into the world top ten and in sniffing distance at a world title fight.

Jackiewicz, 34, from Minsk carries the fight name ‘Braveheart’ has held the European title and and once lay claim to the lowly recognised IBC belt before challenging for the IBF world title last year against Jan Zaveck, losing only by a close fought majority decision to the German based Slovenian, a man he had previously beaten and who later lost his belt to American Andre Berto in September.

Prior to that tight defeat to Zaveck, Jackiewicz was unbeaten in 24 fights and in his 9 losses early in his career, all points defeats, he has never looked like being stopped. The Polish boxer is known to UK boxing fans, having boxed here against Michael Jennings and Ted Bami in 2004, losing on points over 8 rounds to both.

Brook will be hoping to display all his skills and put on the performance of his career against Jackiewicz, knowing that promoters Matchroom Sports will then do all they can to get him his world title shot that could lead ultimately to a fight with him British rival and current WBA and IBF 140lb champion Amir Khan, who intends to step up to the welterweight division next year.


 Interview with Kell Brook at fight press conference by iFilm London

Another fight down the line for Brook could be against Manchester’s Matthew Hatton, who is being lined up for a shot at the world title himself. It seems that the two welterweight’s are destined to clash sometime soon if both come through their next tests unscathed.

If only boxing was that simple though! – Unfortunately politics have often hindered such layed plans and some of the best fights have been blocked from being made and with Khan’s team having fallen out with Matchroom and now reluctance to do business with London based outfit after the fall out before, during and after Khan’s April fight with Paul McCloskey in Manchester.

But as Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn said this week, ‘Money talks’ and if by next year Khan is seeking to get his hands on a title at welterweight and Brook is there with one, then common sense and if the TV networks will buy it, then ultimately it can and will happen.

Other names out there for Brook to consider and aim for in a highly competitive division are WBA champion Vyacheslav Senchenko, IBF holder Andre Berto or boxing’s best Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the future could be very special Kell.

Look for Brook to outpoint Jackiewicz by a wide margin to set on course his world title aspirations.

By Chris Maylett

The fight is to be shown live on SkySports 1 from 8.30pm on Saturday.

www.kellbrook.co.uk – keep up to date with Kell at his website here

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