Do we have new welterweight star?
If the gifted 25-year-old did well, he stood to become a more-serious player in the 147-pound division. If he struggled, he could find himself on the outside looking in with relatively few opportunities.
Well, things couldn’t be much brighter for Brook, who dominated Jackiewicz en route to a sixth-round knockout that got the attention of the boxing world and allowed him to surge up THE RING Ratings – from No. 10 to No. 6.
Eddie Hearn, his manager, suddenly is targeting titleholders Andre Berto, Viacheslav Senchenko and Amir Khan (who will move up to 147 soon) as possible opponents.
Now, more than ever, that make sense.
RING RATINGS UPDATE
Welterweight: Brook moves past Shane Mosley (No. 9 last week), Mike Jones (No. 8 last week) and Jan Zaveck (No. 6 last week) as a result of his victory over Jackiewicz (No. 7 last week).
Mosley has lost his two most recent welterweight fights. Jones is undefeated but hasn’t beaten a Top 10 opponent. And Zaveck is coming off a loss to Andre Berto. Mosley and Jones stay put, while Zaveck drops one notch.
Selcuk Aydin (22-0, 17 KOs) re-enters the ratings at No. 10. The Turk is scheduled to face Ionut Dan Ion on Nov. 19.
Jackiewicz, who has lost his last two fights at 147 pounds, drops out.
Junior bantamweight: A few members of the Ratings Advisory Panel believe unrated Rodrigo Guerrero should enter the Top 10 after he defeated Raul Martinez by a sixth-round technical decision, thus avenging an early loss.
However, the Ring Editorial Board decided to keep Guerrero out for now because his victory – shortened by a cut – wasn’t conclusive and he’s only 2-2 in his last four fights at 115 pounds.
Junior flyweight: Donnie Nietes replaces Ramon Hirales at No. 8 after defeating Hirales by a unanimous decision to win the WBO 108-pound title on Saturday. Hirales, who has lost two of his last three fights, drops out.
Rated fighters in action this past weekend (with ratings at the time)
Welterweight – No. 10 Kell Brook KO 6 No. 7 Rafal Jackiewicz
Rated fighters in action this coming weekend (with current ratings)
Light Heavyweight– Champion Bernard Hopkins vs. No. 3 Chad Dawson (Oct. 15); No. 4 Nathan Cleverly vs. Tony Bellow (Oct. 15).