Steve Farhood, Showtime Boxing Analyst, International Boxing Hall of Fame member, and award-winning boxing journalist

Steve Farhood has been writing and broadcasting about boxing for 40 years.  He is a former editor in chief of The Ring and KO magazines, the first first vice president of the Boxing Writers Association of America, and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June 2017.  He now works as an on-air analyst for Showtime’s “ShoBox” series, Showtime Championship Boxing, and the syndicated Broadway Boxing series.

During Black History Month, Farhood will be on campus to discuss the historical impact of three particular matches: 

America was not ready for Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion. Pressure mounted on James J. Jeffries, the last undefeated white heavyweight champ, to come out of retirement and defeat Johnson. Thus the term "Great White Hope" was coined. They fought on July 4, 1910 and Johnson won by knockout.

As Adolf Hitler was rising to power and beginning his assault on Europe, the heavyweight champion of the world was Germany's Max Schmeling. While Hitler often pointed to Schmeling as an example of Aryan supremacy, Schmeling was in fact not a Nazi. It was not reported until later, but during this time, he risked his own life and standing to help people escape from Germany.  With Hitler touting Schmeling's expertise as a fighter, Schmeling fought Joe Louis at Yankee Stadium on June 22, 1938. While Schmeling had previously defeated Louis by knockout, it was Louis who won this fight, striking a symbolic blow against Nazi Germany.

Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. Coming out of the turbulent 1960s, Ali had been denied a boxing license for refusing induction into the US Army. He was the reigning heavyweight champion but was essentially banned from boxing until the Supreme Court finally ruled that he was entitled to conscientious objector status and was reinstated. During that time, Frazier had stepped in and became champion. The two "champions" met on March 8 at Madison Square Garden in what was called The Fight of the Century. Frazier won by decision.


The event is open to all and will be of particular interest for students of journalism, history, and African-American studies.   

Seating is limited; RSVP by Monday, Feb. 26 at


Date: Wednesday, February 28

Time: Common Hour, 11:10 a.m. -12:45 p.m.

Location: Breslin 211

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


RSVP required



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