Jack Culcay and Vincent Feigenbutz are prepared to their respective next steps to return to the title stage.
The pair of former title challengers appear in separate bouts this Friday, as part of a seven-fight card taking place in front of a moderately-sized crowd at Havelstudios in Berlin, Germany. Culcay (28-4, 13KOs) aims to once again set his sights on the junior middleweight elite, though will have to get past unbeaten Berlin prospect Abass Baraou (9-0, 6KOs) in their scheduled 12-round main event.
The bout is the second this year for Culcay, having fought in this venue in scoring a thrilling 12-round win over Howard Cospolite this past June.
Feigenbutz (31-3, 28KOs) also fights for the second time in 2020, though his other ring appearance came prior to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The 24-year old contender from Karlsruhe, Germany came up well short in his title bid versus IBF super middleweight titlist Caleb Plant (20-0, 12KOs), suffering an 11th round knockout to the unbeaten American this past February in Nashville, Tennessee.
As he vowed after that night, the 5’10” Feigenbutz has since dropped down to middleweight where faces Cologne’s Jama Saidi (17-1, 7KOs) in a 12-round regional title fight. Saidi’s lone career defeat came in a 12-round decision to Culcay last November, having since moved up to middleweight in an eight-round win over Jay Spencer this past June. The same show also housed Culcay’s aforementioned win over Cospolite.
William Scull enjoyed his first win of 2020, stopping Finland’s Mathias Eklund (12-4-2, 4KOs) in the fourth round of their super middleweight preliminary contest. Scull (15-0, 7KOs)—a 28-year old Cuban super middleweight now based out of Argentina—twice floored Eklund, dropping the 35-year old midway through the opening round and forcing him to a knee in eventually producing a stoppage at 1:15 of round four.
Local light heavyweight prospect Fabian Theimke opened the show with a six-round unanimous decision win over Estonia’s Gennadi Stserbin (2-6, 2KOs). Scores were not announced, although anything other than a six-round shutout for Theimke (5-0, 3KOs) would warrant a ‘Judging the Judges’ column on this very website. Stserbin was docked two points for an assortment of fouls, though managing to avoid disqualification or the threat of a knockout.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox