Signing shambles sees Culcay v Andrade world title fight collapse

Sauerland 31/10/2016

Tobias Hahn

The WBA World Super Welterweight Championship fight between Jack Culcay and Demetrius Andrade is off and will not take place in the foreseeable future.

Team Sauerland won the purse bids to stage the fight on August 15, and had planned to schedule the bout as a co-featured main event alongside the WBA World Super Middleweight title contest between Tyron Zeuge and Giovanni De Carolis on November 5 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.

Following the purse bids, Culcay immediately signed his contract and begun preparing for the fight, however, Andrade failed to sign the contract before the 15 day deadline set by the WBA.

After the deadline was extended, Team Andrade still missed several opportunities to return a signed agreement. A final deadline was then set four weeks prior to the bout, but again Andrade did not produce a signed contract. As a result, Team Sayerland’s German television partner SAT.1 could not maintain the date and the November 5 fight was cancelled.

During this time it has been reported that Andrade’s team were in talks with both the WBC and WBO regarding potential world title opportunities, although a WBA world championship bout with Culcay would exclude Andrade to challenge for another organisation’s title. As recent as last week Andrade’s promoters applied for a World Title Challenge at the WBO convention.

Last week, Andrade finally signed a standard WBA contract for the fight, but having already missed the deadlines set by the WBA and Team Sauerland, the fight will not be taking place on November 5.

Culcay was ready and willing to take the fight, arrangements were underway for it to take place on November 5, but Andrade’s failure to sign the contract on time has led to this situation.

Culcay is expected to take an interim bout to keep activity in the division whilst the situation concerning Andrade is resolved.