Abass Baraou (9-0, 6 KOs) and Jack Culcay (28-4, 13 KOs) both made weight ahead of their hotly anticipated ‘Fight of The Year’ which takes place tomorrow night at the Havel Studios in Berlin.
The IBF eliminator will see Germany’s #1 and #2 ranked super welterweights clash, with 25-year-old Baraou looking to topple former World Champion Culcay.
IBF Super Welterweight Eliminator:
Abass Baraou: 69.5kg
Jack Culcay: 69.7kg
IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Title:
Vincent Feigenbutz: 71.8kg
Jama Saidi: 71.4kg
The event will take place on August 28th at the Havel Studios in Berlin and will be broadcast live on SPORT1.
BOXEN: AGON Boxgala, Wiegen, Berlin, 27.08.2020
Abass Baraou (GER) – Jack “Golden Jack” Culcay (GER)
© Torsten Helmke
BIG TIME BOXING RETURNS TO GERMANY AS BARAOU CHALLENGES CULCAY – Team Sauerland’s exciting super welterweight contender Abass Baraou (9-0, 6 KOs) will challenge former World Champion Jack Culcay (28-4, 13 KOs) in a mouth watering 50/50 clash on August 28th at the Harvel Studios in Berlin.
The fight, already being billed as the ‘Fight of the Year’ in Germany, will see Baraou fight under the tutelage of esteemed trainer Adam Booth for the first time, having linked up with the Englishman in early March.
Baraou kicked off the year with a devastating four round demolition of Mexico’s Abraham Juarez in Hamburg on January 25th, and the 25-year-old was scheduled to take on Nick Klappert (28-3, 15 KOs) on April 4th in Hamburg, Germany, however this fight was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am very happy that Jack is giving me the chance to fight him” said Baraou. “I would also like to thank the Sauerland team for the trust they have placed in me. I immediately agreed to the fight. I have great respect for Jack and what he has achieved. But it is time for a generation change.”
Former interim WBA World Super Welterweight Champion Culcay makes a quick return to the ring having claimed a unanimous decision victory over Howard Cospolite on June 12th, and the 34-year-old Berliner is confident he will remain Germany’s No.1 rated super welterweight.
“It will be a great battle for the fans and a tough battle between the best super welterweight fighters in Germany,” said Culcay. “I am number one in the German rankings and it will stay that way even after the fight. Thank you AGON Sports & Events for fulfilling my wish. Let’s win this together!”
Team Sauerland promoter Nisse Sauerland is looking forward to seeing Germany’s #1 rated super welterweight take on #2, with the winner of the fight being elevated to number 2 in the IBF world rankings.
“I am very pleased that AGON and the Sauerland team were able to work together to make such a great fight,” said Sauerland. “It’s admirable that Abass has the courage to face a world-class boxer like Jack in just his tenth fight. Jack was previously a Team Sauerland fighter so we know what a great fighter he is. ”
Feigenbutz v Saidi
Former WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Vincent Feigenbutz (31-3, 28 KOs) will make his middleweight debut against ‘The Hammer’ Jama Saidi (17-1, 7 KOs) on August 28th at the Harvel Studios in Berlin when the German duo challenge for the IBF Intercontinental Middleweight title.
The intriguing clash between Feigenbutz and Saidi will be chief support for a triumphant return of big time boxing in Germany as hotly tipped contender Abass Baraou (9-0, 6 KOs) faces the toughest test of his career against former World Champion Jack Culcay (28-4, 13 KOs).
Feigenbutz, known as ‘The KO King’ due to his 82% knockout rate, has campaigned at super middleweight throughout his professional career and most recently fought for the IBF Super Middleweight World title against Caleb Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) in Nashville, Tennessee.
24-year-old Karlsruhe native Feigenbutz is eager to return to winning ways and show the German fight fans that he will reign supreme in the 160lbs division.
“I am pleased to be boxing again and I will show Germany who is the number 1 in the middleweight division,” said an assured Feigenbutz. “Thanks to my promoter Team Sauerland and AGON Sports for organising such a great event with Baraou, Culcay, Saidi and myself. Germany needs these fights!”
Former WBO & IBF European Super Welterweight Champion Saidi, who will be fighting for his first title in the middleweight division, is confident in delivering a memorable night of action for the fans.
“There is already a winner,” said Saidi. “It is German boxing because this fight is going to be spectacular! I am looking forward to the opportunity of fighting for the IBF Intercontinental Middleweight title against a great opponent like Vincent Feigenbutz.”
Nisse Sauerland, the long-term promoter of Feigenbutz, is delighted to work with AGON to deliver German boxing fans another great matchup.
“Between ourselves and AGON we have once again agreed another great fight between two of Germany’s best boxers,” said Sauerland. “Vincent has dropped down to middleweight and on August 28th he will take the first step on his journey towards a world title in this division.”
Jack Culcay vs Abass Baraou will take place on August 28th at the Havel Studios in Berlin and there will be further announcements shortly.