Kell’s opponent is not a man to worry

Face to face: Rafal Jackiewicz, right, and Kell Brook.     Picture: STUART HASTINGS
Face to face: Rafal Jackiewicz, right, and Kell Brook. Picture: STUART HASTINGS
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THE man from Minsk Mazowiecki says he’s not bothered.

Rafal Jackiewicz has arrived from his native Poland aiming to inflict a first defeat on Sheffield’s Kell Brook.

At a head-to-head press conference at the city centre’s Mercure Hotel, the untroubled 34-year-old was asked by The Star how he felt about boxing outside his home nation - he has only done it once in the last four years. “It makes no difference. I am ready for the fight, I am not worried,” he answered.

Asked whether the pressure would all be on home fighter Brook, he said: “I don’t know, I am not worried.”

And quizzed on the value of his experience of having twice as many bouts under his belt than the 25-year-old Owlerton man, he kept his defences up high again: “We’ll see if I am better on Saturday - I am not worried.”

The pair face off at Ponds Forge in a WBA welterweight title eliminator. Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “Kell is up against a dangerous fighter who is coming to win.”