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Emanuel Steward Dies at 68, Boxing Legend

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Yesterday (Thursday, October 25th, 2012), we reported that the announced death of boxing legend Emanuel Steward was a false rumor (as confirmed by his family); however, it is now confirmed (by various sources) that Emanuel Steward has died.

Steward started his boxing career at a young age when he started to frequent the Brewster Recreation Center in Detroit, Michigan. As an amateur boxer, Steward earned 94 wins and only 3 losses out of the 97 fights during his career.

Later in Steward’s life, he moved into the coaching scene, and started to coach at the well-known (by boxers) Kronk Gym. During Steward’s coaching career, he trained many a large number of amateur American boxers, including the notable professional boxer Thomas Hearns. Along with coaching, Steward also became a regular boxing commentator for televised boxing games on the popular cable network HBO.

Earlier this year, Steward had to put his coaching career on hold, due to contracting a serious illness called diverticulitis, a condition that develops when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon and/or part of the large intestine (source: WebMD). On Thursday afternoon (October 25th, 2012), Emanuel Steward passed away due to this condition, and was 68 years old.

Many fans of Steward have left their condolences via Twitter:

Emanuel Steward Dies at 68, Boxing Legend
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  • myles

    THE WORLD HAS LOST THE GREATEST TRAINER & TRUE BOXING COMMENTATOR ..AND GOD HAS GAINED THE GREATEST TRAINER IN THE WORLD ..FATHER GOD HE IS GOING TO MAKE YOU PROUD OF HIM..UR ANGELS WILL BE THANKFUL..I LOVE U MANNY!..YOUR VOICE WILL BE TRULY MISSED

  • AJ Chak

    In a sport that is often lacking in intelligence, you were a shining example of the successful mix of 1rst hand experience, superior knowledge of strategy, expert training techniques, and excellent intuition (gut feelings). Though obviously no mortal man is perfect, your life’s work truly does speak for itself and you were an extremely smart member of the pugilistic society. I will sorely miss, more recently, your wonderful and instructive television analysis on HBO, which you would deliver WITHOUT the infuriating and customary self-aggrandizing, arrogant, and condescending attitude that so many other former boxers/coaches still currently use and I thank you very much for that. Finally, I must thank you once again for all of the positive impact(it was a very significant amount)you have had in the sport of Boxing. May God rest your soul.

  • sam square

    wow!!! to me he was the face of boxing. he is trully gonna be miss. the family are in our prayers

  • erick ibarra

    The world of boxing will miss steward greatly especially as a commetator…..the mexican community especially will miss him for his optomistic view of the mexican fighter……my con. To his family….god bless you