Name: Steve Forbes
Birth Name: Stephen Phelipe Forbes
Hometown: Portland, Oregon, USA
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA
Pro Boxer: Record
Contestant on the ESPN boxing reality television show The Contender
Steve "Two Pounds" Forbes was born in Portland, Oregon. He began boxing when he was 10 years old, training at the Knott St. Community Center.
Turning pro in 1996 at nineteen years of age, Steve Forbes ran off fifteen consecutive wins to begin his career before challenging and losing his first title shot against Alejandro Gonzalez for his IBA lightweight title on March 11th, 2000.
After the twelve-round majority decision loss to Gonzalez, "Two Pounds" fought Don Futrell at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California on May 19th at the jr. welterweight limit. Forbes won a six round decision.
On August 18th, Forbes routed Moises Pedroza over ten-rounds taking scores of 100-90 on all three judges' scorecards, which led to a USBA super featherweight title shot at the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan on September 17th against champion David Santos. The quick-hitting Forbes took apart Santos, opening up a gash in the tenth round over Santos' left eye. Santos fought well, but the younger Forbes was far too fast, winning the title over twelve entertaining rounds by scores of 117-111, 118-110 and 120-108.
Fighting for an eighth time in 2000, the #2 ranked Forbes, was awarded a shot at the IBF super featherweight title when Diego Corrales vacated the title to fight WBC super featherweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.. This allowed Forbes to face #1 ranked John Brown for the vacant IBF title.
| IBF Super Featherweight Champion
2000 Dec 3 – 2002 Aug 17
(failed to make weight)
Carlos Alberto Hernandez