Bakhram Murtazaliev KO’s Jack Culcay To Win Super Welterweight Title

The undefeated Bakhram Murtazaliev is the new IBF Super Welterweight Champion after stopping the local German Jack Culcay in round 11. 

Murtazaliev had been waiting for his title shot since 2019. Following Jermell Charlo’s decision to vacate the belt, the Russian finally got his shot. He entered the fight, having not fought since beating Roberto Valenzuela Jr. in 2022. 

Bakhram silenced the crowd in the earlier rounds, using his range to outbox Culcay. Murtazaliev set a fast pace, forcing the 38-year-old Culcay out of his comfort zone. Culcay’s attempts to cut the distance were met with sharp counters. While Murtazaliev picked up the earlier rounds, he slowed down during the midway rounds. Culcay beat Murtazaliev in the exchanges, forcing the Bakhram to regroup. 

In the second half of the fight, Murtazaliev picked up his momentum, knowing that Culcay had asserted his control. Murtazaliev found success later down the stretch as the fight entered the championship rounds. Consecutive overhand rights on the chin rocked Culcay, who moved backwards into a defensive position on the ropes, in round 11. 

Murtazaliev continued to apply the pressure, landing at will as Culcay tried desperately to survive. Culcay landed his left hook, but his overhand right was off target. Once Culcay was backed in a corner, Murtazaliev connected with a left hook, followed by a grazing overhand right.

The German hit the floor. Although he got up, Culcay could not recover, as the referee stopped the fight. Murtazaliev was ahead on two scorecards at the time of the stoppage, 99-91, 96-94, with the other (96-94) in favor of Culcay. Murtazaliev remains undefeated, taking his record to 22-0. Bakhram can now target a unification. 

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