Steve Farhood has been around the Sweet Science for 33 years, most of which have been spent as editor-in-chief of “The Ring” and “KO” magazines.
Farhood works as an on-air analyst for Showtime’s “ShoBox” series, “Showtime Championship Boxing,” and the syndicated “Broadway Boxing” series. He also writes a column and features for “Boxing Monthly,” for which he serves as associate editor.
“My work on ShoBox has been so much fun,” Farhood said. “I love watching prospects develop, and since its inception in 2001, the series has showcased a handful of future world champs. And besides, what else is ever going to bring me to places like Concho, Oklahoma, and Lincoln City, Oregon?”
Farhood assumed command of “The Ring” in 1989, when London Publishing bought the title. “The Ring” subsequently regained much of the luster that was lost during the magazine’s financial struggle in the ‘80s. Farhood resigned the position in September 1997 to pursue other interests, specifically in the broadcasting industry.
In 1980, Farhood launched “KO” magazine.
A ringside fixture at big fights, Farhood has served as an on-air analyst for ESPN, SportsChannel, Top Rank Boxing, and “Heavyweight Explosion,” and regularly contributed to the USA Network’s “Tuesday Night Fights.” He also worked for five years as CNN's boxing correspondent, and has contributed to boxing broadcasts on Fox and CBS.
In 1992, Farhood testified before Congress regarding boxing ratings.
In 1993, Farhood authored “Boxing: The 20th Century” (BDD Illustrated Books), which was released in both England and the USA.
Farhood served as First Vice President of the Boxing Writers Association of America from 1993 to 2008. In 2002, he won the BWAA award for Broadcaster of the Year; for 2008, he won the James J. Walker Award for
Long and Meritorious Service; for 2010, he won the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism.
In 2008, Farhood served as a consultant for an episode of “Law And Order: Criminal Intent.” In 2010, he appeared as an actor in episodes of “Law And Order” and “Lights Out” (on FX).
In 2001, Farhood organized and ran “Counterpunch!” a post-9-11 benefit that raised $50,000 for the Twin Towers Fund. In a career filled with highlights, he considers the benefit, which was held at the legendary Gleason’s Gym, his most noteworthy achievement.
The 54-year-old Farhood, a lifelong resident of New York City, lives in Manhattan with his wife, Marcia McCaffrey. Among his hobbies, he lists going to fights, watching fights on TV, taping fights, analyzing fights, reading about fights, and only occasionally, missing fights.
Farhood is also a former columnist for “All In,” a poker magazine.