Emanuel Steward, the legendary boxing trainer who directed world champion fighters such as Thomas Hearns, Wladimir Klitschko and Lennox lewis, has died at a Chicago hospital aged 68. Steward’s family say he died after having “complications through surgery” for digestive disease diverticulitis, though they say he was not in pain when he passed away.
Steward trained 41 world champions, starting with Hilmer Kenty in 1980 up until today’s current heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, with his heavyweights achieving an astounding record of 24-3-1 in title fights.
He also created one of the world’s best-known boxing centres at the Kronk Gym in Detroit. The facility became notable for both housing the stars of international boxing, as well as nurturing troubled children in the local area.
Speaking of Steward’s death, Klitschko said:
"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. I will miss our time together. The long talks about boxing, the world, and life itself. Most of all I will miss our friendship.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner