Opinion: Local kid makes good

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Steve Farhood

 

By former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

 

Longtime Stuyvesant Town resident Steve Farhood has made it to the top!

There have been many, many successful persons from this community. A number of them were born right here and grew up around the playgrounds of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. They attended the local public or parochial schools. Many remained here as adults becoming outstanding members of their chosen professions. But none that I know of have been inducted into one of the major sports Hall of Fame. That is until Steve Farhood.

Those who knew Steve growing up or as a young adult probably watched him excel at paddle tennis winning titles and even national championships, some played right here on the courts in Stuyvesant Town. He had a penetrating and accurate backhand. Take it from me, one of the many players who fell victim to his talent on the court. But paddle tennis is not a major sport. Where Steve found his fame was in the pugilistic “sweet science” otherwise known as boxing. And he did so without ever lacing up a glove or landing a punch against another person.

I have always been an avid boxing fan and something of an amateur historian of the sport. I probably derived my appreciation for boxing from my dad, Murray, who had an outstanding college career as a featherweight fighter with only one controversial blemish on his stellar three-year career. Dad and I used to talk boxing all the time and watched some fights together. From Floyd Patterson to Floyd Mayweather we watched the greats at their best and at times their worst.

Though the years I have watched the sport evolve and grew to admire those who brought the fights to our screens and described the action in the ring and the unnoticed behind the scenes intrigue. Which brings me back to Steve Farhood.

About 30 years ago, Steve began contributing articles to KO magazine and then later to the “bible of Boxing” the Ring Magazine. He was so good and so analytical that he rose through the ranks and became editor of that most influential magazine. Steve’s in-depth knowledge and insightful writing about boxing got him noticed and earned him a spot on numerous boxing pay per view TV shows as a commentator. Eventually he became a fixture on these programs and lauded for his expertise and ability to educate and inform the viewers during championship bouts. I took pride in watching my friend inform his audience with his wit and total mastery of the facets of boxing and its rich history.

But I took greatest pride upon hearing that the local kid from Stuyvesant Town would be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June for his contributions to the sport. Such is a distinction that is reserved for the best of the best. The honor being accorded to Steve proves that the legendary baseball figure, Leo Durocher, was wrong when he famously declared that “nice guys finish last.” Steve Farhood will be enshrined as one of boxing’s greatest observers and commentator, the top of his profession. He will accept that honor as the nice guy that he always has been.

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