|Real name||Ebo Elder|
|Nickname(s)||The X-treme Machine|
December 23, 1978 |
|Wins by KO||14|
Ebo Elder (born December 23, 1978, in Newnan, Georgia) is a former professional boxer. He is a former WBO NABO Lightweight titleholder, and has also held the IBA Continental Light Welterweight Title as well as the WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Title. After boxing he felt a call to ministry and began speaking at evangelical churches around the globe. Ebo now serves as the college pastor at Calvary Chapel in Knoxville Tennessee.
Pro Boxing Career
Ebo began boxing at the age of two when his father bought him a punching bag. He had a long amateur career with 139 wins before turning professional in 2000, amassing 16 wins before his first loss.
After a series of wins over mid-level opponents including Emmanuel Clottey, Elder took a significant step up in class with a convincing win over undefeated contender Oscar Diaz, winning by a score of 98-92 on all three scorecards. After a tune-up bout, Elder scored a near-shutout victory over 23-7 Fernando Trejo, launching him into a WBO NABO lightweight title match.
Elder won the WBO NABO lightweight title by 6th round TKO over 17-3 Ricardo Fuentes, then defended it in a thrilling bout with 21-2 Courtney Burton. The scorecards were close after 11 rounds, before Elder dropped Burton twice in the twelfth, winning by TKO with 50 seconds left in the round. Shobox announcer Steve Farhood said of the Elder-Burton bout, "I don't think we've ever had a more physical, grueling, brutal fight."
The win over Burton would be Elder's last. In his last fight before joining the ESPN reality show, "Contender Season 2", he lost to former title holder Lakva Sim, this time as the recipient of a 12th round TKO.
On the ESPN reality show The Contender 2 series debut, Elder was chosen to be on the Gold Team. In the first bout of the tourney, Ebo lost to Michael Stewart by knockout 1 minute 52 seconds into the 4th round.
Life After Boxing
In May 2013, Ebo Elder became an associate pastor at Calvary Chapel Knoxville.
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