Before making his professional debut, amateur world champion “Golden Boy” Jack Culcay has grabbed another title. With the best result in history, the 24-year-old was chosen by respected magazine “Boxsport” as “amateur boxer of 2009,” beating heavyweight Stefan Köber by nearly 2000 votes. “I didn’t think I’d get the title since I’ve turned pro,” said Culcay, who became the first German amateur world champion in 14 years in Milan three months ago. “To me, the honor is a special incentive to also have a good professional career.”
The junior middleweight can’t wait to make his pro debut on Saturday in Schwerin, Germany. “I would box today,” says Culcay. He’ll meet his opponent Jindrich Kubin for the first time at Friday’s weigh-in. In the meantime, Culcay trains diligently. “Up until Thursday, I still have daily training,” he says. “After the warmup, I train on the machines and work on my footwork with my trainer Michael Timm.”
There was only a short break for the Christmas party of the Army’s sports group in Bruchsal, of which the former soldier was a member. “I received a certificate and was honored,” said Culcay. “Some thought that I might not come because I have too much to do. But I had promised.” So on Monday night he made the 718km trek back to Hamburg to Schwerin.
Next year Culcay has planned another trip. The Ecuador-born German wants to visit his birthplace. “I haven’t been there since I came to Germany at the age of six,” says Culcay, who also speaks perfect Spanish. “My father still stays in contact with relatives there. It’s a dream to go there.”
The Universum Box-Promotion fight card takes place Saturday in Schwerin’s Sport and Kongresshalle. The world title fights of Jürgen Brähmer and Sebastian Zbik with be televised live in Germany on ZDF, along with a tape of Culcay’s debut.