Steve Forbes makes promotional debut December 9
Steve “2Pound” Forbes, a former world champion and perennial world title contender through much of his impressive, 49-fight pro career, will make his next pro debut on December 9.
Forbes will kick off his career as a promoter, holding his first boxing card, a pro-am event, at the Jackson Armory, in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, under his new promotional banner, 2Pound Sports and Entertainment.
While Forbes may be green in the promotional department, he is well-versed in boxing at the highest level, having retired from the game sporting a resume that boasts numerous high-profile bouts on some of boxing’s biggest stages.
Forbes captured the IBF world super featherweight title in 2003, as just one of the many highlights in his fabulous career. During his time in the pros, he faced numerous world champions and top contenders including John Brown, Cornelius Bundrage, Grady Brewer, Demetrius Hopkins, Oscar De La Hoya, Andre Berto and Jessie Vargas.
Clearly Forbes, who fought on some of boxing’s biggest shows, will know a lot about what boxing fans want to see in a live setting.
As he gets ready to kick off his first event, along with business partner Christina Lunzman, he is clearly excited to show boxing fans in his hometown that he plans to bring excitement and great boxing back to Portland.
UCNLive caught up with the former champ to get his thoughts on his upcoming event.
“I had always thought about promoting and it was something I wanted to do after I retired from boxing myself,” said Forbes. “I actually wanted to start promoting while I was fighting but I had to wait until I was all done fighting myself.”
Asked if he thought Portland has the makings of a fight town, the well-spoken Forbes enthused that indeed it can.
“People have to drive five hours away to see live boxing and we should have it here. This is like…um, how should I describe Portland? Like a blue-collar hippie town, if you know what I mean,” said Forbes with a chuckle. “But people are very supportive here and they get behind local events and the people. I think we can build up a following here for professional boxing. I think people will wanna get behind it and build a following for the local fighters here. Portland is great about supporting local events.”
Forbes is also well aware of his place in the history of Portland champions, having been one of only two world champions to come from the area.
“I’m one of only two world champions to come out of Portland, after (the inaugural undisputed junior middleweight champion) Denny Moyer in 1962 (when he won the inaugural WBA junior middleweight title); he was a great fighter,” said Forbes.
And while Forbes believes it is important to build local fighters, he also feels it is important for fans to see good, quality match-ups.
“The fights are going to be good, competitive fights. Nobody will respect the sport or the fights if it is just one fighter blowing out another fighter, fight after fight. We wanna have good, competitive matches. Fighters need to be matched fairly but they also need to test themselves and see where they are at. Both fighters in the fight should have a chance of winning and be matched up in a good fight that should result in lots of action,” he said.
Forbes himself has seen the game from all sides and at every level and knows, more than anything, that young fighters need to work hard and take advantage of every opportunity that boxing presents.
“The biggest thing I would share with a young fighter turning pro is to be prepared for life after boxing. Think about your life after your career is over and use the opportunities that boxing provides you to do other things and set yourself up for other opportunities through boxing. That is something I would encourage young fighters to do,” said Forbes.
But, for now, all the focus is on his debut show on December 9 and it sounds like fight fans are in for a very good night of boxing.
“When people leave a 2Pound Sports and Entertainment show, I want people to say, ‘When can we go to another one? When is their next show?’ I want people to be entertained,” said Forbes. “They are going to see some real good boxing, good competitive matches, some great fights.”