Guilty Boxing press release confirms Boxingtalk's breaking news!
: World-ranked lightweight Eldo Elder, born and raised in Atlanta and now living in Newnan, Ga., faces former two-time world champion Lakva Sim of Los Angeles in a 12-round World Boxing Association title-elimination bout on a card promoted by Guilty Boxing in association with Sampson Lewkowicz and sponsored by Nafta Moskva Sept. 16, in The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.
Elder, dubbed “The X-treme Machine,” is considered the most promising lightweight contender in the world.
The winner of the Elder-Sim fight meets current WBA lightweight champion Juan Diaz in a mandatory title bout.
Also on the card Sept. 16 will be five World Kickboxing Association Mixed Martial Arts and Muay Thai championship matches, one featuring Sean Sherk and another spotlighting Steve Headden of Atlanta, plus three more championship boxing fights for a total of nine title bouts.
Tickets, priced at $20, $40, $60, $100 and $150, are available at The Arena at Gwinnett Center box office from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern) Monday through Friday or by calling 770-813-7600 during those days and hours. Tickets also are available at Georgia TicketMaster locations (Publix and Tower Records), by calling TicketMaster at 404-249-6400 or 800-326-4000 and at ticketmaster.com
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout at 7.
The 26-year-old Elder has a record of 22-1 with 14 knockouts and is ranked No. 5 by the WBA.
The 33-year-old Sim, originally from Mongolia, has a record of 20-4-1 with 17 knockouts and is ranked No. 2 by the WBA. Sim was the WBA super featherweight champion during 1999 and the WBA lightweight champ last year.
Elder, a quick and crafty southpaw, was the WBO North American Boxing Organization lightweight champion, a title he won last October, until he voluntarily relinquished it in order to fight in this WBA title-eliminator. Elder was scheduled to fight WBA lightweight champion Diaz during April on an ESPN PPV card. That fight was cancelled after Diaz suffered an injury during training.
Also on the card are three other title bouts: Sultan Ibragimov defending his World Boxing Organization Asia-Pacific heavyweight championship against Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya of Las Vegas in a 12-round bout; Luis Arceo of Mexico against Ubaldo Hernandez of Fort Myers, Fla., for the vacant WBA Fedecentro and International Boxing Federation Latino lightweight championships in a 12-round fight; and Merhav Mohar of Brooklyn, N.Y., against Xavier Tolliver of Arapahoe, N.C., for the vacant World Boxing Council Fecarbox welterweight championship in a 10-round bout.
WKA title matches include Sherk of Minneapolis against Joel “The Silver Babyback” Blanton of Indianapolis for the WKA MMA super lightweight championship; Surapon “Khunpon” Dechkampu of Atlanta against Chris Ngimbi of Amsterdam for the WKA Interncontinental Muay Thai super welterweight championship; Headden against David Kaplan of Arlington, Va., for the WKA United States MMA welterweight championship; Edson Diniz of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., against Dwyane “Diesel” Shelton of Richmond, Va., for the WKA Eastern Regional MMA lightweight crown; and Paulo Dantes of Fort Lauderdale against Mike Easton of Camp Springs, Md., for the WKA Eastern Regional MMA bantamweight championship.