By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
German amateur standout, Jack Culcay-Keth, signed a professional contract with Germany’s Universum Box-Promotion today. Keth and his manager Moritz Klatten alongside Universum president Klaus-Peter Kohl and Dietmar Poszwa announced the deal earlier today at Hamburg’s famous East Hotel. Culcay-Keth is well known for winning a gold medal at the 2009 amateur world championships in Milano, Italy, being the first German boxer to capture a world title since 14 years. The 24-year-old will be trained by Michael Timm and former lightweight world champion Artur Grigorian. His father, Roberto, will be in his corner, too. As an amateur, he won 95 out of 126 fights, with three bouts even.
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“I’m very excited about our cooperation,” Culcay-Keth said. “It is my biggest dream to become world champion in the professional ranks during my career. I truly believe that I can achieve this goal at Universum. But I know that it might take three to four years.”
Klaus-Peter Kohl: “We have been watching Jack for a long time. He has a very attractive fighting style and has great amateur experience. Jack is a great person as well. Many promoters were interested in signing him. As a good promoter, you have to try to sign an amateur world champion. Now I’m very happy that he decided to join Universum.”
Universum CEO Poszwa said: “He has great technique, is very agile. That’s what makes his boxing style so attractive. But he is not just a great sportsman but also an amazing human being. We want to achieve many goals but we will take our time. As an amateur world champion, the expectations are already high enough. We are planning his professional debut for our December 19 event in Schwerin, featuring world champion Jürgen Brähmer.”
“I want to leave my mark in the boxing world. But that will be difficult,” added an excited Culcay-Keth, who said his favorite boxers are currently Manny Pacquiao, Roy Jones, Arthur Abraham and Felix Sturm. He also admires “Iron” Mike Tyson.
Jack Culcay-Keth will make his debut at the junior middleweight limit of 154 pounds.