PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Boxing took Steve “2 pound” Forbes around the world. Now, after a career-filled with victories, the former world champion is bringing big-time boxing back to his hometown.
He and his partner Christina Lunzman are booking major fights with both professional and amateur talent through their company, 2-pound Sports. The first card is Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Jackson Armory near the Portland Airport. That fight night will include 3 amateur championship bouts.
“It means a lot being here, you know, being from here,” Forbes said.
Forbes, a Grant High School graduate, has quite the boxing resume. He became the IBF Super Featherweight Champion from 2000-2002. In 2006, Forbes made it to the finals of The Contender 2. Then, 2 years later, Forbes faced off against legend Oscar De La Hoya.
Even though he lost, Forbes established why he was one of the best in the business. And after seeing the best firsthand, he’s trying to bring the best to the Rose City.
“Some of the best mixed martial and combat athletes come from here,” Forbes said, “so we want to keep that going with the boxing.”
Forbes said the inspiration for bringing big-time boxing to Portland comes from his late grandmother, pastor Mary Overtsreet Smith. She housed Hurricane Katrina refugees in Portland after the destructive flood.
“I just saw the impact that she had on a lot of people and I just want to continue what she was doing,” Forbes said.
And the way Forbes can do that is by showcasing local boxing talent here, in the city where we live.
“Kind of build a bridge to big level boxing,” Forbes said.