This is the 90th year that Notre Dame has run the Bengal Bouts Boxing Tournament………so named because all the proceeds go to support Notre Dame’s Mission in what used to be Bengal area and is now Bangladesh.


This article in the student newspaper describes a unique Bengal boxer.


3/4 Priest connects experience to spirituality in Bengal Bouts (Observer)


Notre Dame has had some interesting boxers……….


Max Marek


Name: Max Marek
Born: 1913-11-19
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 1977-05-11 (Age:63)
Height: 183cm
Pro Boxer: Record

Max Marek won four major Golden Gloves titles in three different weight divisions and also won the National AAU's championship in the light-heavyweight division. 

  • 1932 won the middleweight Intercity Golden Gloves in the second division vs. Tom Chester.
  • 1933 won the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at light-heavyweight vs. Vernon Miller.
  • 1933 won the Intercity Golden Gloves' championship at light-heavyweight vs. Bob Pastor.
  • 1933 National AAU Champion, besting Joe Louis in the semi-finals and Frank Wilson in the finals of the light-heavyweight division.
  • 1933 won an International Golden Gloves title as a member of the Chicago team representing the United States va. Europe at light heavyweight .
  • 1934 won the heavyweight Intercity Golden Gloves in the second division vs. Lawrence Green.
  • Played football at half-back for The University of Notre Dame.  (tried out, actually)

And, Arch Ward, the creator of the Golden Gloves (and the Baseball All Star Game and the All American Football Conference and a lot of other things) was an ND man.


Tom Zbikowski had a long amateur and short pro boxing career, in addition to being an ND football All American and NFL player.


Mike Lee (boxer)

Mike Lee

Lee at Barclay's Center following KO of Joe Gardner on Jan. 16, 2016


Real name

Michael Gene Lee


·Super middleweight

·Light heavyweight


6 ft 0 in (183 cm)


74 in (188 cm)




(1987-06-17) June 17, 1987 (age 32)
Downers Grove, Illinois, USA



Boxing record

Total fights




Wins by KO




Michael Gene Lee (born 1987 in Wheaton, Illinois) is an American professional boxer in the light heavyweight class. He turned pro in February 2010. 

Lee at a Chicago Golden Gloves competition in 2009

Lee was introduced to the sport at age 16, when his cousin, who is an amateur boxer, took him to the Windy City Gym.[3]

Notre Dame does not have an intercollegiate boxing team. However, Lee won the Bengal Bouts, an all campus intramural boxing tournament each of the three years that he attended the school. 

During Lee's sophomore year, he won the 175-pound crown in a technical knockout that was called in the third round. In his junior year he was named junior captain and defended his title. Lee was named Boxer of the Year in his junior year, a feat that is typically reserved for a senior. Lee was named boxing team captain his senior year where he again won his third straight title in the Bengal Bouts. 

Lee competed in the 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves competition in the sub-novice class, where Lee went undefeated in four matches, winning his class.[4] In one memorable bout, Lee broke his opponents ribs thus immediately stopping the fight.[citation needed]

Lee is the current IBF-USBA Light Heavyweight champion and is ranked in the top 15 of the light heavyweight world rankings.[5] He trains with Jamal Abdullah at the famed Wild Card West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica, California. Prior to being in Los Angeles, CAfull-time, Lee was in Houston, TX working with legendary trainer Ronnie Shields.[6][7]

Lee won his professional debut on May 29, 2010 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, in a four-round unanimous decision over Emmett Woods. All three judges scored the fight 40-36, with Lee winning all four rounds on all judges cards.[8] On September 11, 2010, at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las VegasNevada, Lee defeated Alex Rivera at 2:59 of the second round.[9][10] Lee received national attention through his endorsement contract with Subway that resulted in his appearance in a 2013 Super Bowl television commercial. 

Following Lee's knockout of Tyler Seever in August 2012, Lee did not fight again until 2014. Lee spent two years in and out of hospitals battling what was later learned to be an autoimmune disease known as Ankylosing Spondylitis. His comeback from the hospital bed to back in the ring was documented in his well-received article he wrote for The Player's Tribune titled: Invisible Pain. [11]

Lee won his return to the ring - a sixth-round TKO against Peter Lewison[12]

On September 30, 2016 Lee won a ten-round unanimous decision over Chris Traietti (21-4) at Chicago's UIC Forum to win the USBA-IBF Championship title. The scores were 98-91, 99-90, 99-90.[13] The victory made Lee "the first fighter from Notre Dame’s legendary amateur boxing program to win a title in the professional ranks."[14]

Professional record summary


22 fights

21 wins

1 loss

By knockout


By decision








Round, time 







United StatesCaleb Plant


3 (12)


United StatesMGM Grand Garden Arena, Nevada

For IBF super middleweight title




United StatesJose Hernandez 


10 (10)


United StatesAllstate Arena, Rosemont

Won vacant NABO Light heavyweight title




United StatesAaron Quattrocchi 


1 (10)


United StatesThe Dome at the Ballpark, Rosemont





United StatesJustin Thomas 


8 (8)


United StatesThe Hangar, Costa Mesa





United StatesChris Traietti 


10 (10)


United StatesCredit Union 1 Arena, Chicago

Won vacant USBA Light heavyweight title




United StatesMike Snider 


8 (8)


United StatesResorts World Casino, Queens





United StatesJoe Gardner 


3 (8)


United StatesBarclays Center, Brooklyn





United StatesMike Sawyer 


1 (8)


United StatesRamada Hotel & Convention Center, Omaha





United StatesGary Tapusoa 


2 (6)


United StatesResorts World Casino, Queens

Won vacant UBF All America Cruiserweight title




United StatesPaul Gonsalves 


6 (6)


United StatesCredit Union 1 Arena, Chicago





Cayman IslandsPeter Lewison 


6 (6)


United StatesLiacouras Center, Philadelphia





United StatesPaul Harness 


4 (4)


United StatesThomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas





United StatesTyler Seever 


2 (6)


United StatesTexas Station, Las Vegas




MexicoEliseo Durazo 


6 (6)


United StatesThe Joint, Las Vegas




United StatesAllen Medina 


4 (4)


United StatesMadison Square Garden, New York




United StatesJacob Stiers 


4 (4)


United StatesEdmund P. Joyce Center, South Bend




United StatesMichael Birthmark 


3 (4)


United StatesDignity Health Sports Park, Carson




United StatesGilbert Gastelum 


4 (4)


United StatesMandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas




United StatesPablo Gomez 


1 (4)


United StatesPalms Casino Resort, Las Vegas




United StatesKeith Debow 


1 (4)


United StatesAT&T Stadium, Arlington




United StatesAlex Rivera 


2 (4)


United StatesPalms Casino Resort, Las Vegas




United StatesEmmit Woods 


4 (4)


United StatesCredit Union 1 Arena, Chicago

Professional debut


In the summer of 2008 Lee went to Bangladesh to see first-hand how the money raised during the Bengal Bouts is used to aid people of all different ages including the construction of an entire school for children. Lee has established a foundation to help fund the Holy Cross Missions of Bangladesh where a portion of his purse money will be donated. In partnership with Champions for Children, he donated two ringside seats plus travel expenses for his November 2010 fight. The charity benefits Children’s Memorial Hospital.[15]

On September 16, 2011, Lee headlined a professional boxing event at The University of Notre Dame inside the Purcell Pavilion in the Joyce Center

The Mike Lee Foundation pledged all profits from this event, over $100,000 to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend and the Kelly Cares Foundation, headed by Coach Brian Kelly of the Fighting Irish Football Team.[16]

This guy was considered the top NFL Center for the decade of the 1920’s:


College: Notre Dame
Pro Career: 1920-21, 1923-32 Decatur/Chicago Staleys-Chicago Bears. HOF: 1964
A colorful but at times mean-spirited personality, Trafton’s college days were cut short after Knute Rockne learned he was playing semi-pro football. By far, the most dominant center of the NFL’s first decade. Trafton is recognized as the first NFL center to snap the ball with one hand. He was also a force on the defensive side of the ball for the Bears.

Trafton's first boxing match of note was a December 1929 bout against Chicago White Sox first baseman Art Shires. Trafton won by decision after five rounds.[12][13] Sports writer Charles Dunkley later called it a legendary bout "which was as vicious and spectacular as it was hilarious."[14] He fought three more bouts in January and February 1930, winning two of those matches by knockout and a third by disqualification.[15]

On March 26, 1930, Trafton faced future world champion Primo Carnera in Kansas City.[15] Trafton was knocked out by Carnera in the first round of their fight.[16] In the aftermath of the fight, Trafton was suspended indefinitely by the Missouri Boxing Commission for failing to provide more resistance in the 54-second bout.[17]

In addition, one of my better Stadium Ushers had been the NCAA heavyweight boxing champion when he was in college.  He was the only ND Professor who volunteered as an Usher.  He serves as the Field Captain on the visiting team sideline.  A fine man.


2018 Top 50 Undergraduate Professors: Chad Harms, University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)


Chad Harms

Associate Teaching Professor

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business

What do you get when you merge a PhD in communication with expertise in business — specifically social impacts of communication technology, virtual and augmented reality systems, and computer mediated communication? A Chad Harms classroom experience. As one of the primary instructors of Foresight in Business & Society, a signature course in the undergraduate program at the Mendoza College of Business, Harms is said to masterfully combine theoretical insights and practical wisdom with a relentless focus on effective student communication. With three communication degrees and a wealth of prior teaching experience as a communications professor, Harms’ teaching is informed by his eclectic background. Still, his service to Mendoza undergrads goes well beyond the lecture hall. When he’s not helping junior-level students explore the future of various social, technological, and environmental topics, you can find this professor in the boxing ring or on the Notre Dame football field sidelines. Professor Harms dedicates his time as a coach for both the men’s and women’s boxing teams as well as on the football field serving as a stadium usher during at university’s home games.

Top undergraduate business professor Chad Harms is an associate teaching professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Age: 45

Education: PhD, Communication, Michigan State University; Masters, Communication, Michigan State University, 2000; Speech Communication, Iowa State University, Minor in Sociology

At current institution since: 2010

List of courses you currently teach: Foresight in Business and Society, (undergraduate), Strategic Foresight, (graduate)

What professional achievement are you most proud of? This honor is right there at the top. I’d probably say having my dissertation work selected for the “First Young Investigators in Virtual Reality” forum by the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and then being flown to Seoul, South Korea to present.

“I knew I wanted to be a business school professor when…” I didn’t “know” I wanted to be a business professor. It was a case of emergence…that a combination of forces/experiences/opportunities brought me into the college of business. I had a professor named Kay Mueller (Iowa State Univ.) that helped me realize I wanted to teach. She showcased the best of what it meant to learn through the discussion of ideas, working as a team, and student encouragement.

“One word that describes my first time teaching…” Fun

What are you currently researching and what is the most significant discovery you’ve made from it? The future. I still can’t predict it, but spending time thinking about it is tremendously valuable.

What is your most memorable moment as a professor? At the end of the semester when my students come to my office to turn in their final projects. The pride on their faces, as they hand me the tangible hardcopy after having put so much time and effort, is invaluable. Earlier in the semester I will have had them read about Collins and Porras’ BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals). There is a connection to the idea that this project “goes beyond the {team’s} current capabilities”. Early on, the team sees this large research project and struggles to grasp how they’re going to get to the finish. Then, we build it piece by piece and work to improve the components along the way. It comes and goes quickly, but most memorable moment is the expression on their faces that morning they turn in their final report…the realization at the end that that their thought and effort have come to fruition in the form of this intriguing, thorough report.

Since you first started teaching, how has business education changed? Two words, “Data Analytics”. My class has always pushed the students to gather and use evidence to support their forecasts. The emphasis on, amount available, and resources constructed to access and analyze data have seen exorbitant growth over the past decade.

“If I weren’t a business school professor, I would be…” An artist. I have and will always be “artsy/craftsy”…whether it involves classic media (paint/sculpture/etc.) or upcycling old materials to create something new. However, I was always a bit concerned with the adjective that often accompanied “artist”…that being “starving” (especially with a family to help provide for).

“Here’s what I wish someone would’ve told me about being a professor”: “You teach for free…you get paid to grade.” The time in class is energetic and fun. The time you have to spend by yourself going through students’ work, preparing to give them feedback, goes well beyond the “contact hours” expected per course. This is not a 9-5 type of job. There are deadlines and commitments that keep you up past midnight or up before the dawn. The flip side is that you are afforded quite a bit of autonomy.

Name of the professor you most admire and why: My wife, Jill Harms (Iowa State University, Dept. of Psychology, Communication Studies Program). I admire her the most because I have been able to observe her first-hand. There are plenty of great instructors around me at Notre Dame, but I watch in awe as she successfully balances everything (career, family, church, etc.); knowing the care and commitment she puts into every student and class. She currently teaches online, which poses challenges as she is very much a people person…so sharing and interacting with students has always provided here with a lot of satisfaction. She is fair, organized, caring, and in control. As a result, her students respect her and stay engaged, which in turn, helps them to be successful.

What do you enjoy most about teaching undergraduate business students? Their energy and optimism! Too often Business students get a bad rap. It’s assumed that they’re in business simply to make money. Rather, I have found them to be the young people that are willing to push harder to find solutions. They are the ones that will be able to motivate and organize the scientists, engineers, communication specialists, laborers, etc. to accomplish something larger than any of them. It is through their vision and effort that the world will be a better place.

What’s the biggest challenge? A 20-year old is a 20-year old. That means that they are extremely busy juggling school, work, volunteer and leadership responsibilities, athletic and other extracurricular activities…and a social life. The result is typically an inefficient amount of sleep which can impact their attentiveness and availability.

What is the most impressive thing one of your undergraduate students has done? Over Thanksgiving break in the Fall of 2012, one of my students took it upon himself to learn how to use the program “i-book author”. It was not something he wasn’t expected to do, but rather something he thought would bring additional value to his team’s final project. By him going beyond expectations, he helped his team produce one of the top projects for the semester and changed how all future students would consider and construct their own projects. Digital versions of projects have expanded to include questionnaires, videos, interactive system modeling, and more. He eventually became a teaching assistant for me.

What is the least favorite thing one has done? One time a student lied to his team about why he would not be available to help them complete an assignment. He was caught in his lie when some of his friends posted pictures via social media of him partying at a couple clubs with them during the time he supposedly attending to a “family emergency”. Such behavior is disrespectful and unprofessional…and his team let him know that in his peer evaluation.

Since you’ve been teaching, how have students changed over the years? Their connectedness and the urgency and necessity they feel with every beep, buzz, or blip of their smart phones.

What does a student need to do to get an A in your class? Be present. Turn things in on time. Be thorough with their answers. Be an engaged, respectful, contributing member of your team.

“When it comes to grading, I think students would describe me as …” Fair, but expectant of rigor.

If your teaching style/classroom experience had a theme song, what would it be? Easy… “Welcome Back”…theme song for the television show Welcome Back Kotter, by John Sebastian, released in 1976. This song is also the first ’45 selection in my 1958 Seeburg jukebox. It sets the right tone and attitude…hopefully all feel welcome to share their thoughts and experiences.

Using just one word, describe your favorite type of student: Curious

Using just one word, describe your least favorite type of student: Perfunctory

“If my students can have the courage to raise their hand in a room full of superiors and point to a trend or change that they feel will impact their company or community, then I’ve done my job as their professor.”

Fun fact about yourself: I was the 1994 National College Boxing Association – National Champion (190 lbs.) representing Iowa State University.

What are your hobbies? Upcycling, Garage Sale(ing), Camping, Art, Sailing, Civic Theater

How did you spend your summer? Camping with family and friends

Favorite place to vacation: Whitewater State Park in SE Minnesota. I have been there 44 consecutive years with my family.

Favorite book: Everything in Its Path: Destruction of Community in the Buffalo Creek Flood, 1976

Favorite movie and/or television show: Joe versus the Volcano, WKRP in Cincinnati

Favorite type of music and/or favorite artist: Oldies…specifically I like asking my students their favorite oldies song. It’s interesting to see what they consider an “oldie”, how certain songs resonate across generations, and to every once in a while get exposed to something new.

Bucket list item #1: Backpack around Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior (bonus bucket list item…sailing my own boat over)

What’s the biggest challenge facing business education at the moment? The challenge facing business education is providing students with an interdisciplinary curriculum and experiences. Students’ schedules are often loaded with foundational, pre-rec courses within their major. The ability of business students to work on team-based projects with other students from Engineering, Design, Psychology, etc. is extremely limited, if not non-existent. I believe more cross-disciplinary projects and practice would help them (1) develop their communication skills, allowing them to more effectively communication throughout/between the organization(s); (2) draw value from alternative perspectives; and (3) provide them a realistic preview of how various levels/departments within an organization interconnect.

“If I had my way, the business school of the future would have much more of this…” Interdisciplinary curriculum, experiences, team projects (see answer above)

“And much less of this…” Students with figurative “blinders” only able to focus on their grade…not the value of the information/experience.

Looking ahead 10 years from now, describe what “success” would be like for you: I would still be teaching and I’d get a phone call from a former student. The conversation would start with them assuming I’d forgotten…but I’d be able to connect them back to their project, hometown, or favorite oldie. They’d be happy and healthy. They’d then go on to tell me how they’d worked their way up through corporate America, and ultimately launched their own business. They’d at some point convey the idea that some of the material/process we’d been through 15-20 years earlier in class helped them lead their organization to success. They’d have found a creative solution to a social or global issue, and in so, purpose for their life.

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