Posted October 26, 2012 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Boxing Icon Emanuel Steward passes at 68

Oscar De La Hoya and Lennox Lewis stand over boxing legend icon Emanuel Steward.

Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports, who Steward worked for as a commentator since 2001, released a statement, saying: “There are no adequate words to describe the enormous degree of sadness and loss we feel at HBO Sports with the tragic passing of Manny Steward. For more than a decade, Manny was a respected colleague who taught us so much not only about the sweet science but also about friendship and loyalty. His energy, enthusiasm and bright smile were a constant presence. Ten bells do not seem enough to mourn his passing. His contributions to the sport and to HBO will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Wladimir Klitschko, who Steward was training until his hospitalization, released a statement saying: “It is not often that a person in any line of work gets a chance to work with a legend, well I was privileged enough to work with one for almost a decade. I will miss our time together. The long talks about boxing, the world, and life itself. Most of all I will miss our friendship.” – wiki

Boxing Icon Emanuel Steward passed away in the early afternoon on Thursday. He was born on July 7, 1944 and lived to be 68 years old. Steward will go down as the undisputed boxing training legend who turned average pedigree boxers into World Champion prizefighters!

Steward passed away in a Chicago-area hospital a couple weeks after undergoing surgery for diverticulitis. His health started to decline quickly, and he recently stopped training the heavyweight champion duo – Klitschko brothers due to an undisclosed illness.

Steward trained over 41 world champion fighters (list below) in his career including most notably Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez and Evander Holyfield, and is well-known for his establishing Kronk’s Gym out of Detroit! His heavyweights posted an amazing 34-2-1 combined in title fights!

Emanuel Steward laces up young welterweight Thomas Hearns.

Steward was born in West Virginia, and raised in Detroit (moved to Detroit at 12 years old). He frequented the local gym, and became a fine amateur boxer himself; posting a 94-3 record and winning the 1963 national Golden Gloves! From there, Steward trained other amateur boxers, and instantly gained notoriety for turning welterweight Thomas Hearns (pic above) from a light hitter into a devastating puncher! Hearns knocked out Roberto Durán, fought the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, and gave undisputed middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler a run for his money in the notorious bout dubbed The War. Hearns also grossed over $40 Million in his illustrious career, thanks in big part to Emanuel Steward!

Steward is also well-known and well-respected for his HBO boxing commentary which he started in 2001. RIP to an unreplacable boxing legend who single-handedly changed history – Emanuel Steward!

List of notable boxers that Emanuel Steward trained: