Jack Culcay: I already feel like I have one hand on the belt

Sauerland 06/05/2015


Jack Culcay (19-1, 10 KOs) is no stranger to success. In 2009, the German talent captured gold at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Milan. Six years later, ‘Golden Jack’ will be attempting the same feat in the paid ranks, when he faces Maurice Weber (21-1-1, 8 KOs) for the Interim WBA World Light Middleweight title on Saturday night in Frankfurt, Germany.

”Since I turned pro I’ve had only one objective: to become world champion,” said Culcay. ”This is the moment I’ve dreamed about, and on Saturday night that dream will become a reality!” With legendary German coach Ulli Wegner in his corner, the 29 year-old insist there is no stopping him. ”Mr Wegner has a wealth of experience. He knows exactly what I must do to claim the title and has prepared me accordingly. With the winning mentality he has installed in me, I already feel like I have one hand on the belt.”

Training at Berlin’s famous Max-Schmeling-Gym under the guidance of the 73 year-old coach, Culcay believes he has had the perfect preparations for his world title challenge. ”Mr Wegner has brought the fun back into boxing for me,” said the former European champion. ”There is a tremendous team spirit, training alongside other top pros like Yoan Pablo Hernandez, and this has helped push me to the next level. I know boxing is an individual sport and when the bell rings it’s all down to me, but I honestly feel I could not have been better prepared.”

With the support of the local fans in Frankfurt, Culcay may already hold an advantage over his opponent Weber. ”I grew up in Darmstadrt, just under half an hour away from Frankfurt,” reveals Culcay. ”For me, there is simply no better place to become world champion!”

Culcay’s Interim WBA World Light Middleweight title fight takes place on Saturday (May 9) at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, on the same night Felix Sturm challenges Fedor Chudinov for the Interim WBA World Super Middleweight strap.