Despite conflicting reports, legendary boxing figure Emanuel Steward is dead. He was just 68 years old.
Victoria Kirton, Steward’s executive assistant, confirmed rumors, saying he passed Thursday (October 25) at a Chicago hospital. However, the cause of death was not disclosed.
He revered as one of the best trainers in boxing history, and owned Detroit’s legendary Kronk Gym, where he trained and produced numerous world champions.
Steward began training boxers in 1971, and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997 and is also a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame. He has also served as a ringside analyst for HBO’s coverage of boxing for many years.
Throughout his career, he worked with the likes of Julio César Chávez, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Thomas Hearns, Wladimir Klitschko, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Michael Moorer, and James Toney, among others.