=== Emanuel Steward dead at 68 ===
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward,
who worked with multiple world champions, including fellow inductees Lennox
Lewis and Thomas Hearns, died Thursday at age 68.
A native of West Virginia, Steward moved to Detroit as a child and ultimately
made a name for himself as a trainer at the Kronk Gym. Hilmer Kenty became his
first world champion there in March 1980 and was followed a few months later
by Hearns, the power-punching welterweight who wound up with titles in six
weight classes from 147 to 190 pounds.
Steward later worked with fighters outside of Detroit and was credited with
raising the profile of Lewis, who held the IBO and WBC versions of the
heavyweight championship when he retired in 2003. Since 2004, Steward had
worked with Ukrainian heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, who currently holds the
IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO crowns and will defend them next month in Germany.
He'd also developed a following for his work as a boxing analyst for HBO.
Word of Steward's condition spread rapidly when it was announced this week
that he'd not work Klitschko's corner for the November fight, and would
instead be replaced by longtime Klitschko sparring partner and former
cruiserweight champion Johnathon Banks.
Banks tweeted early Thursday morning that Steward had died and Klitschko later
released a statement noting his death, but subsequent statements by the family
that he was still alive led the multiple retractions from media outlets that
had gone with the initial information.
The family confirmed later in the day that he had indeed died, with his
sister, Diane Steward-Jones, saying, "(He) fought harder than Hagler and
10/25 19:29:54 ET