Former world champion and perennial sparring partner for the pound for pound best in the world, Steve ‘2 Pound’ Forbes is set to end a seventeen-month spell without a professional fight on Saturday night.
Fresh from some tough sessions with WBO light-welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov, the 37 year-old is aiming to end a run of four straight defeats when he opposes Ghanaian Emmanuel Lartey at the Emerald Queen Casino on Tacoma, Washington.
Forbes’ last three opponents have all been unbeaten and the veteran has been unfavoured by the bookmakers, but this time around the American will see southpaw Lartey, 15-2-1 as an ideal opportunity to record his 36th career win and first in over three years.
“Preparation has been good as my trainer Eric Brown and I have been going with a nice groove,” Forbes told World Boxing News.
“I have got some sparring with a few different left handed guys to get ready for Lartey, but my highlight sparring has come from getting in there with Provodnikov,
“He is the WBO 140lb champion and although he’s not lefty it was still great, and of course brings high-level sparring with him. We have sparred eight rounds per session minimum and it sharing the ring with Ruslan was a pleasure.
“Taking on this fight with Lartey I think I want to just show that I can still perform as Lartey is a pretty good fighter. I know I still have something left to offer and plan to show it in this fight,” he added.
Lartey, 33, will represent Forbes’ 48th contest in the paid ranks in a ring stint spanning almost eighteen years, with a fifth straight loss unthinkable for the likeable former Contender star at this stage of his career.
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