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R.I.P. Emanuel Steward (1944-2012)

By FightFan.com Staff (25-Oct-2012)

FightFan.com has learned that legendary trainer and boxing icon Emanuel Steward passed away earlier today. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Steward, who had been hospitalized since undergoing surgery to treat an undisclosed illness in September. Steward was the lead trainer at the legendary Kronk Gym in Detroit MI, trained several all time greats including Tommy Hearns, Evander Holyfield, Oscar De La Hoya, Lennox Lewis and most recently Wladimir Klitschko. He had also been a regular commentator on HBO for several years and his absence will be felt by friends and fans all over the world.

Check out this candid RAPID FIRE interview we did with Steward back in 2006 as we caught up with him en route back to the media centre at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, where he discusses Tommy Hearns, James Toney and Lennox Lewis’ place in the all-time heavyweight rankings.

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  • Anwar Jamison

    Truly gone too soon. R.I.P. to a legendary man and trainer

  • http://FightFan.com/ Joe Bruiser

    Conflicting reports were surfacing for a while regarding Steward’s passing, but it seems that the family has now confirmed it.

  • http://FightFan.com/ Joe Bruiser

    “And here comes Gatti back!!!”

  • boom

    RIP sir,.. you will be surely missed,.

  • hehehehh

    oh no.. Rest In Peace

    he was a very good trainer, and i usually liked to hear him commenting on hbo fights…

    he will be missed for sure.

  • Pop

    emmanuel steward is the greatest trainer of all time

  • Ace Freeman

    The last time I spoke to Emmanuel in person was a year ago in Montreal.

    We were at the Bell Centre waiting in line to use the restroom. It was in the media area but was a one person at a time little rest room. We chit chatted about Montreak and then the door opened and Larry Merchant came out. Emmanuel was next in line so he went in, paused in the doorway and shouted…. “OH LARRRY! What the????”

    I laughed pretty hard. He was a great person and made a huge mark on our sport.

    RIP Emmanuel, you will be missed.

  • Nlmetra

    its sad to hear a classy guy like Manny Steward leaving us. He sure left his mark in boxing. Boxing fans should be proud of him and his accomplishments.