Jack Culcay Believes Changing Coaches Will Be An Asset

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Light middleweight Jack Culcay (15-1, 10 KOs) is the latest addition to a quality undercard for the vacant WBA World Light Heavyweight title clash between Juergen Braehmer and Marcus Oliveira on December 14. The 28-year-old, who regained the WBA Intercontinental Title in October, is set to defend against Dieudonne Belinga (11-3) at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

However, there has been one big change in “Golden Jack’s” team: Fritz Sdunek is no longer part of it, replaced by renowned British coach Gary Logan. Moritz Klatten, Culcay’s manager: “Fritz Sdunek is one of Germany’s most respected and successful coaches. Though, due to commitments to other fighters, he could not focus enough on Culcay in the recent past. Therefore, we have split with him by mutual agreement.” According to Klatten, Logan is the perfect replacement to Sdunek. “He has already trained and seconded world-class boxers such as George Groves and David Haye. We believe that Jack will progress under his tutelage.”

Culcay also sees the advantage to the change in his corner: “Gary Logan is thoroughly there for me. He has a similar training regime to Mr. Sdunek, yet does some things very different from him. I believe I will become even stronger with Logan as my coach.”

This is something the Amateur World Champion of 2009 aims to prove when he meets Frenchman Belinga in Neubrandenburg. “I am really excited for this match-up, seeing it as a test of my collaboration with Logan,” said Culcay, who will be looking for bigger goals after December 14. Culcay: “I became a professional boxer to fight for the European and World Titles. That is my objective and I will work hard to get closer to it!’’

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Fritz Sdunek Believes Alekseev Will Be His 13th World Champion

There are just eight days to go until a new cruiserweight world champion will be crowned. At least, that is what trainer Fritz Sdunek believes. The 66-year-old has already coached twelve world champions and wants to make cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs) number thirteen. “I think that the chances are pretty big. I am very optimistic as Alexander looked great over the whole period of sparring,” said Sdunek ahead of his prodigy’s mandatory title bid against IBF and RING Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) on November 23 in Bamberg, Germany.

Sdunek knows that both southpaws are on par when it comes down to pure technical skill. But he sees two big advantages that will pave the way to victory for Alekseev. “Alexander has raw punching power, Hernandez not so much. In addition, Hernandez was injury bidden over the last years and this will be his first fight in over 14 months. He might be a bit rusty, which plays in our hands.”

However, Sdunek also knows that Hernandez is not a defending world champion for nothing. “There are certain things in this fight Alekseev must be wary of, especially Hernandez potent jab. He also throws a good uppercut that could spell danger.”

Hernandez vs. Alekseev will also be another meeting of the most renowned German coaches. However, Sdunek does not seem to care much to go up against his friend Ulli Wegner. “We met so often in the amateurs and also four times in the professional ranks that it is nothing special to me anymore. This is all about the fighters. The trainer who has his prodigy better prepared will win!”