Saturday night at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany, interim WBA World super welterweight champion Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs), from Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany, by way of Ambato, Ecuador, retained his title by forcing Jean Carlos Prada (31-2-1, 22 KOs), from Londonderry, New Hampshire, USA, by way of Cumana, Venezuela, to quit on his stool at the end of round nine.
Culcay outclassed the Venezuelan and controlled the action from the opening bell.
Between rounds nine and 10, Prada told his cornerman, “Too many hits to the body. Very painful,” at which pointed they stopped it.
Culcay followed the game plan he and his team had devised.
“He is rock hard,” said Culcay after the bout. “But in videos of Prada’s battles, we have seen that he is very sensitive to body shots.”
Finding and exploiting weaknesses, assuming there were weaknesses in someone as tough as Prada, is what it’s all about.
A former WBA Intercontinental super welterweight champion, Culcay won the interim WBA World title in May 2015 with a unanimous decision victory over Maurice Weber. His first defense of the crown was over Dennis Hogan in December. Last night’s win over Prada sets up a possible showdown between “Golden Jack” and WBA World super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara, the clever southpaw from Guantanamo, Cuba.
But Lara first needs to win his May 21 rematch against always dangerous Vanes Martirosyan. Their first meeting in November 2011 ended in a draw after an accidental headbutt sent it to the scorecards in the ninth round.
If Lara defeats Martirosyan, as expected, he and Culcay may get it on in fall.
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