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Boxing legend Emanuel Steward dead at 68

Emanuel “Manny” Steward, an icon of the legendary Kronk Gym in Detroit and a Hall of Fame boxing coach, passed away. Cause of the death is unknown. He was 68. "He has passed – he's gone home. He was in no pain, and we sang to him, as well as did the doctors present. He had loved ones around him."  Steweard-Jones, his sister, told the Detroit Free Press by phone.

Steward was born in West Virginia but at the age of 12, he had moved with his mother to Detroit. There he started his successful amateur boxing career. He suffered a defeat only 3 times in his 97 matches. His first big achievement took place in 1963 winning at the national Golden Gloves tournament in the bantamweight division. More and more interested in training amateur boxers, Steward became a part time coach in Kronk Gym. He won his first world title as a coach of Hilmer Kenty in 1980. Later he worked with many other champions such as Evander Holyfield, Oscal de la Hoy and Julio Cesar Chavez. After spending 8 years with Lennox Lewis and beating Vitali Klitschko in Lewis’ last match, Steward started collaboration with Wladimir Klitschko which lasted until July 2012. Since 2001 he had worked as a highly respected boxing analyst for HBO.

Visit a memorial of this legendary coach here.

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