On the heels of two dramatic wins on ESPN2 cards, Ebo “The X-Treme Machine” Elder is prepared to fight for his first title in more than three years. On Saturday, Oct. 9, Elder will put his 20-1 with 12 KO’s record on the line against Mexico City’s Ricardo Fuentes (17-3, 6 KO’s) in the main event of Painsville In Gainesville at the Georgia Mountains Center in Gainesville, GA. The 12-round fight will be for the vacant NABO lightweight title.
The 25-year-old Elder is currently ranked #9 by the WBC, #12 by the WBO, #14 by the IBF and #14 by the WBA. “I’m excited about fighting again in my home state of Georgia,” said Elder, who comes from Newnan, GA. “We know at some point in time we’ll have to again fight outside of Georgia and we’re prepared for that. But we’re looking to stay in Georgia and give the fans a treat for as long as we can. After this fight I’ll fight on Showtime from Miami in December then I want to bring Showtime to Atlanta for a big fight in early 2005, possibly for a world title shot.”
Fuentes, originally from Mexico City, is currently living and training in Los Angeles.
The Elder-Fuentes fight for the NABO lightweight title will headline an eight-fight card at the Georgia Mountains Center billed as the Painsville In Gainesville. Doors open at 7 pm with the fights beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $35, $50 and tables of eight with dinner are $800. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 7 and can be purchased by calling 770-534-8420.