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    Emanuel Steward, famed boxing trainer, dies at 68 - ESPN

    Emanuel Steward, the owner of the legendary Kronk Gym and a standout trainer for boxers including Thomas Hearns, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya, died Thursday. He was 68.

    Victoria Kirton, Steward's executive assistant, said Steward died Thursday at a Chicago hospital. She did not disclose the cause of death.

    Steward trained, helped train or managed some of the greatest fighters of the past 40 years out of the Kronk, a dingy, overheated basement gym that produced world champions like Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Lennox Lewis.

    Steward was born in West Virginia and moved at the age of 12 to Detroit. In 1963, an 18-year old Steward, fighting as a bantamweight, won the national Golden Gloves tournament. According to a biography on his website, rather than go forward as a professional he went to work for the Detroit Edison Co. and in 1971 accepted a part-time position as head coach of the boxing program at the Kronk Recreation Center.

    A dynasty was born.

    The Kronk's first professional champion was Hilmer Kenty, a lightweight from Columbus, Ohio, who started training there in 1978 and won the WBA title two years later.

    It was Hearns who really put Kronk -- and Steward -- on the map. The Hitman was the first man to win titles in four divisions -- he won five overall -- and topped his 155-8 amateur record by going 61-5-1 with 48 knockouts as a pro.

    "He brought the very, very best out of me," Hearns once said of Steward.

    The gym for years was seen as a way to keep kids out of trouble and off the streets in southwestern Detroit. In 2006, Detroit shut down the recreation center that houses the gym because of a major budget shortfall. The gym was allowed to remain open, but it put Steward in a difficult financial situation and he rented space at a gym in Dearborn so his young fighters could train.

    Steward, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, also worked closely with Lewis during his title run, and current heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko as recently as July. Klitschko has trained recently without Steward for his fight against Mariusz Wach next month in Germany

    "His spirit is always here," Klitschko said. "I can hear his voice in sparring while doing things, whispering in my ear. As the famous saying goes, `The show must go on,' and that's exactly the case."

    Steward also worked since 2001 as a boxing analyst for HBO.

    "Manny was a respected colleague who taught us so much not only about the sweet science but also about friendship and loyalty," HBO Sports President Ken Hershman said. "His energy, enthusiasm and bright smile were a constant presence. Ten bells do not seem enough to mourn his passing."
    Very sad news. And this happened just few weeks before Wladimir's next fight.
    Not only brazilians can do this stuff

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    Huge loss to the boxing community. Steward was pretty much universally respected, as not only a trainer, but a great human being. I had heard he was sick but didn't realize it was so serious. Thoughts and condolences to his family.

    I know he's not overly popular in the states but Wlad is far and away my favorite boxer. He's facing an opponent he should run through...with this happening so close to the fight, I hope his mind is in the right place
    "To be truly walking on the warrior's path, we have to bring our minds back to the time when we were not ashamed of our dreams; when reality had not yet frustrated our ambitions; when our desire was still too strong to be repressed, and our spirit refused to surrender in resignation; when we were not yet doctors, businessmen, or lawyers, but still wanted to be heroes, leaders, bodhisattvas. The first step on the way to being warriors is to get back in touch with our dreams."

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    Wow. I didn't even know he was ill. I always assumed Larry Merchant would be the first one to go.

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    sad news...

    He has helped hundreds of people, inside and outside of the ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H0SS View Post
    Wow. I didn't even know he was ill. I always assumed Larry Merchant would be the first one to go.
    I'll rep you later for that one. Lol!

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