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EMMANUEL STEWARD: ARCHITECT, EINSTEIN, & SWEET OLD MAN
NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—The boxing world is deeply saddened following the recent death of world famous Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emmanuel Steward. Steward died after suffering a lengthy illness that required emergency surgery a few weeks ago. He was 68 years old.
A memorial service for Steward has been scheduled for November 13, at Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. 7 Mile Road in Detroit. MI.
Steward spent most of his life in boxing. Steward went from being a former amateur bantamweight standout to professional trainer. Steward also founded the world famous Kronk Boxing Gym in his native Detroit, MI. Steward has helped transform ordinary fighter into some of the greatest punchers in boxing history: Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Wladimir Klitschko, etc.
Perhaps Steward’s biggest role was his spot as an HBO Boxing analyst on HBO Pay-Per-View, World Championship Boxing, and Boxing After Dark.
Emmanuel Steward was an Albert Einstein to boxing. I’m glad HBO Sports presented us with an opportunity to frequently expose ourselves to his genius and intriguing insight. Personally, through the years we’d speak on and off about what he is doing and about the direction of boxing. Emmanuel Steward died a sweet old man. He was kind, but make no mistake, Emmanuel Steward was a lion.
Personally, I was mesmerized by Steward’s work with Wladimir Klitschko. Steward’s guidance, leadership, expertise, confidence, and ability to teach enabled Klitschko, a former 1996 Olympic gold medalist and WBO heavyweight champion, to rebound from two devastating knockout losses to Corrie Sanders (2003) and Lamon Brewster (2004).
Emmanuel Steward was the voice, the wizard, the architect, and the mastermind behind the reconstruction of Wladmir Klitschko. ). Steward worked on improving Wladimir’s psychological makeup, further developed his physical attributes by changing Wladimir’s style of fighting. Klitschko jabbed with more conviction, thrower straighter punches using great distance and control. In the end, Wladimir went from being a ‘bust’ to one of the most indestructible forces in the history of heavyweight boxing. Klitschko, the unified IBF/WBA/WBO and IBO/Ring Magazine heavyweight champion, worked with Steward for the last nine years leading up to his death.
Klitschko has remained unbeaten in his last 16 fights during their 10 years working together.
I’m saddened Steward died.
Wladimir Klitschko Statement
“Boxing has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Emanuel Steward,” Klitschko said. “Vitali and I, along with the entire Team Klitschko, send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Emanuel’s family and friends. 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.”
Klitschko continued: “I will miss our time together. The long talks about boxing, the world, and life itself. Most of all I will miss our friendship. My team and I will carry on with the goals we had set while Emanuel was with us because that is exactly what Emanuel would have wanted. I know he will be with us in spirit along the way and we will accomplish these goals in his honor.”
“Rest in peace Emanuel. You will be greatly missed. Until we meet again my friend.”
Oscar De La Hoya remembers Emmanuel Steward
“It brings me great grief and sadness to hear of the passing of one of the best and most respected trainers of this era, Emanuel Steward,” De La Hoya said. “I learned a lot from him during our professional relationship and I will be forever grateful for his help during that time. We were also friends and I know I am going to miss him as so many others will too. He was an important part of our boxing community.”
SHOWTIME releases statement
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the legendary Emanuel Steward today. Not only was Emanuel one of the most esteemed and accomplished boxing trainers in the history of the sport, he was also an incredibly generous and warm-hearten human being. In addition to his many professional pursuits, Emanuel served as a life coach to countless young men and women, particularly in his beloved adopted hometown of Detroit, and through them his legacy will live on. Those who were fortunate enough to have known Emanuel will remember him for his infectious enthusiasm, ever-present smile and seemingly limitless generosity. We extend our deepest condolences to the Steward family during this difficult time. He will be missed by everyone his spirit touched.” – Stephen Espinoza
“Steward and many of his Kronk protégé were fixtures in the infancy of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in the late 1980′s. Over the years, we became close personal friends. He will be missed by all of us in the sport. Moreover, the sport will miss what he embodied in boxing–everything that is good and right about this business.”
“It’s a terrible shame that his life was cut short. Men like Emanuel Steward are irreplaceable.” – David Dinkins, Jr.