Undefeated and world-ranked Sultan Ibragimov, one of the most exciting and highly regarded heavyweight contenders in the world, headlines a nationally televised card featuring two 12-round bouts promoted by Guilty Boxing during September in Atlanta. The co-main event matches Ebo “The X-treme Machine” Elder, generally considered as the most promising contender in the lightweight division, in a World Boxing Association 135-pound title-elimination bout against Prawet Singwangcha.
The winner meets current WBA lightweight champion Juan Diaz in a mandatory title bout.
Ibragimov defends his World Boxing Organization Asia Pacific heavyweight championship against Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya.
Ibragimov, a silver medalist for Russia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has a record of 17-0 with 15 knockouts and is ranked No. 6 by the WBO while Ahunanya has a mark of 20-3-2 with 11 knockouts.
Both Ibrgaimov and his cousin, Timur, a promising heavyweight in his own right, are managed by Boris Grimberg, trained by Carlos Humberto “Panama” Lewis and represented in the United States by Sampson Lewkowicz.
Elder, who was born and raised in Atlanta and now lives in nearby Newnan, Ga., has a record of 22-1 with 14 knockouts while Singwangcha, from Thailand, has a mark of 26-2-1 with 16 knockouts and has won 21 straight dating back to 2000.
The 30-year-old Ibragimov, a southpaw who now lives in Miami, Fla., is a devastating body puncher and fights in an aggressive style reminiscent of Joe Frazier.
The 33-year-old Ahunanya originally is from Nigeria and now lives in Las Vegas.
The 26-year-old Elder, also a 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 Singwangcha. Elder was scheduled to fight current WBA lightweight champion Diaz during April on an ESPN PPV show. That fight was cancelled after Diaz suffered an injury during training.
Guilty has been the most frequent provider of nationally and internationally televised professional boxing cards in Las Vegas for more than five years. Venues include multiple hotel-casinos and arenas in “The Boxing Capital of the World.” Guilty also presents cards in California, Arizona and Mexico as well as East Coast locations.