|In 25 years of pro boxing shows at the Irvine Marriott’s Battle In The Ballroom series, 38 current or former world champions fought there…Shane Mosley, Johnny Tapia, Isreal Vasquez, Edwin Velaro, Mike Anchondo, Gabriel Ruelas, to name a few. Now with the move to The Hangar and Fight Club OC, a new list of champions will begin, and that first honor goes to Steve Forbes. After battling the best in the world everywhere from 130 pounds, where he won his world title in 2000, all the way up to 150 pounds, where he faced Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, former world champion Steve “2Pound” Forbes will make his return to the ring in his optimum weight class – junior welterweight – in a Fight Club OC headlining bout against veteran Emanuel Augustuson Thursday, April 12th.”Anyone who knows Steve is aware that he’s at his best at 140 pounds, and he’s going to show that on April 12th,” said Forbes’ new advisor, John White. “Emanuel Augustus is a tough test, but Steve knows that it’s now or never if he wants to move forward in his career.”
Besides the Forbes vs. Augustus bout, the evening will also feature undefeated heavyweight prospect Alexander “The Great” Flores who at 7-0-5KO’s will meet 3-3 tough guy Giovanni Sarran, and heavyweight prospect, 16-1-10KO’s Skylar Anderson will be back in the ring after a two year layoff, facing a tough 6-7-1KO Andre Carthron. Others seeing action on a packed undercard include Newport Beach middleweight Steffan Lugo, Azusa’s Danny Martinez; and in a bout that could be the main event on anyone else’s card, 10-1 Ramon Valadez vs. 6-0 Kevin Hoskins.