Universum Box-Promotion’s ‘Golden Jack’ Culcay-Keth will make his anticipated professional debut this Saturday on undercard of Universum’s world title twinbill at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany. Culcay-Keth’s name has been all over the German media since winning the 2009 Gold Medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Milano, Italy. This was a feat that hadn’t been done in 14 years by a German fighter. Culcay-Keth was born in Ambato, Ecuador to a German mother and an Ecuadorian father. He has been raised in Germany since the age of 6 and is a German citizen. He speaks both German and Spanish fluently. Culcay-Keth’s very exciting fight style is very different from many European-style fighters and appears to have the tools to become a star.
What weight will you fight at in your debut?
I will debut as a super welterweight.
Your exciting style attracted attention of promoters in both Europe and the United States. What led to your signing with European powerhouse promoter Universum Box-Promotion?
I developed a very good chemistry with Universum Box-Promotion early as they already supported me as an amateur. There has been no other boxing stable in Europe that has had more world champions than Universum Box-Promotion so it was the logical choice to sign with them.
Where did you get the nickname ‘Golden Jack’?
After winning my Gold Medal, my manager started calling me that and now its been catching on in the German media.
Speaking of your manager Moritz Klatten. He is relatively young at 28 years old and it’s been said you and he have a good relationship both personal and business wise. Do you think the fact that you’re so close in age plays a factor in you both getting along so well?
Moritz and I get along very well whether its relating to boxing or just life in general. Being so close in age we can definitely relate on many things. He has good knowledge of the business and I’m very happy with his work.
You have received a lot of publicity in Germany since winning your gold medal. Do you feel pressured to succeed?
I very much appreciate all the publicity that I have been getting and I don’t see it as any added pressure put on me. I will train hard as I always do and give my absolute best in all my fights.
Would you describe your style as a boxer or a puncher?
I consider myself a complete fighter as I can box and punch.
You were raised in Germany from the age of six until present but you were born in Ambato, Ecuador. How important is it for you to have the support of the country of Ecuador in your career as well?
It would mean alot for me to have Ecuador behind me especially as I’m beginning my career. I would like very much to travel to Ecuador in 2010 and hope someday to fight there.
Has Ecuador ever had a world champion boxer?
To my knowledge there has never been a boxer who was born in Ecuador to go on to win a world title. My goal is to become the first.
What should fans expect in your debut this Saturday?
The public will see a much different type of fighter than they are used to seeing coming out of Europe. My style is a mix of European, Latin, and American rolled in one. I’m not coming into this fight looking for the knockout, but if the opportunity presents itself I will take advantage of it.