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Steve Forbes to promote first show Dec. 9th in Portland
By Ricardo Ibarra

While the once languishing Oregon pro boxing scene has undergone a strong revival in recent years, it's been over a decade since a professional event has taken place in the city of Portland, the most heavily populated area in the state. On December 9th, though, former IBF super featherweight champion Steve "2Pound" Forbes and his partner Christina Lunzman, both Portland natives, will step into the promotional ring looking to reignite the sport in The City of Roses, staging the first of what they hope will be an ongoing series of shows. Working under their newly formed promotional banner 2 Pounds Sports and Entertainment, their first event will take place at the Jackson Armory and feature a nine-bout pro-am line-up, showcasing regional talent.

Headlining the inaugural card will be a six round fight pitting Pacific Northwest cruiserweight prospect Marquice "Tree" Weston (11-1-1, 6 KOs) against Missouri's Gary “Freak Train” Tapusoa (9-7-1, 8 KO’s). Weston, a skilled and rangy boxer fighting out of Tacoma, Washington, is one of the top 200-pound hopefuls in the region and has maintained a productive schedule this year, scoring four consecutive wins, three of those by knockout. He last fought on October 28th, defeating tough Louisianan Steven Lyons by unanimous decision.

Tapusoa, meanwhile, has been in the ring with some tough competitors over the stretch of his five-year career, including Michael Hunter—who recently challenged for the WBO cruiserweight title—losing in the first round of their 2014 fight; and unbeaten light heavyweight Mike Lee in 2015, losing to him in two. He's gone 2-1 in his last three fights, scoring knockout wins over Gary Dydell and Wayman Carter in 2016, and most recently losing to Patrick Ferguson this past September via third round stoppage.
Weston and Tapusoa are slated to meet at a weight slightly over the cruiserweight limit. Four additional fights will make up the remainder of the pro portion of the card. 

In the co-main event, Detroit, Michigan's James Ballard (9-0, 3 KOs) will square off with Britton Norwood (4-1-1, 3 KOs) in a six round light heavyweight match-up. Ballard, a crafty pro and former Detroit Golden Gloves champ, is looking to keep his nine-fight unblemished record intact. He last fought in June, defeating Rayco Saunders by unanimous decision. Norwood, of Brandon, Mississippi, is coming off a TKO win over Omar Nunez in Mexico two months ago. 

Also on the card, Portland's Oscar Hernandez (1-1) will look to break a three year stretch of inactivity, taking on Henderson, Nevada's Marco Russell (1-1-2) in a four round middleweight contest; Vancouver, Washington's Chance Gabriel, a pro MMA fighter, will step into the paid boxing ranks for the first time, facing tough brawler Felipe Medina (0-2), of Albany, Oregon, in a four round lightweight tilt; and lastly, local fighter Oscar Herrera and Northern California’s Shawn Hardwood will debut as paid practitioners, facing off in a four round Jr. middleweight clash. Four amateur bouts will make up the rest of the line-up.

Tickets to the event, titled '2 Pound's Fight Night,’ are available now at Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the first bell set to ring at 7 p.m. For more information visit or the 2Pound Sports and Entertainment Facebook page.

Read this article by Wrigley Brogan about Roberto Duran. Brogan knows about Duran as Brogan was Duran's road manager when Druan fought in Washington a few years ago.

Check out this article on Greg Haugen. And if you look at the photo, bottom just to the right of Paul Nave's feet, you may recognize a photographer.






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Brian Halquist at the Emerald Queen Casino

Gavronski claims WBA/NABA super middleweight title

November 18th, 2017

Hard Knocks Promotions in Kalispell, Montana

Ferguson Continues to Improve, Claims WBC Title Belt

October 28th, 2017

PNW Promotions at Green River College

Weston continues to win, Villalobos on a roll and Flores and Balthazar stage impressive pro debut

October 28th, 2017


White Delight Promotions

Wilson continues to Impress, Morales and Weston show skill

September 23, 2017




Rogue Promotions

Ferguson Moves Up the Ranks With 3rd Round KO

September 16, 2017


Silver Wolf Promotions, Hays, Montana

Ferguson and Villalobos score wins over late substitions after fights fall out

July 27, 2017


The Muhammed Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky is open for visitors. The center is a must see for all boxing fans, but it offers much more. Take a look at some of the interesting and inspirational exhibits that await you.

2017 Fight Schedule *

December 9th 2 Pounds Fight Night, Jackson Armory, Portland, Oregon, 2 Pound Sports and Entertainment

2018 Fight Schedule *

January 12th Battle at the Boat 114, Brian Halquist Promotions at the Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington

March 17th Battle at the Boat 115, Brian Halquist Promotions at the Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington

June 9th Battle at the Boat 116, Brian Halquist Promotions at the Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington

September 8th Battle at the Boat 117, Brian Halquist Promotions at the Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington

November 17th Battle at the Boat 118, Brian Halquist Promotions at the Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington

*Subject to Change
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