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Article: Emanuel Steward dies at 68

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Lennox Lewis's tribute to Steward:

I’m completely devastated by the passing of my long time friend, mentor and trainer Emanuel “Manny” Steward. Manny has helped me get through some of the biggest fights in my career and I only regret that I couldn’t return the favour and see him through his biggest fight.

We’ve maintained a close relationship and the last time we spoke he seemed his usual upbeat self so it was very disturbing to hear about his illness and rapid decline. It is with a heavy heart that realization of what I hoped were just rumors are now in fact true. Manny always told me I was the best, but the truth is, HE was the best and I’m grateful, privileged and honoured to be counted among his many historic successes.

This has been a very tragic year for the boxing world, but today we’ve truly lost one of it’s crown jewels. Manny was giving, selfless, compassionate and stern. He always gave back to the community and never forgot where he came from. He was an institution unto himself and I’m proud to have had him in my corner for so many years.

I’m extremely grateful for the time that I was given with him and he will be severely missed by all who knew and loved him. I’ll miss his smile, his frank no holds barred truthfulness and our discussions on boxing and life. My prayers and condolences go out to his family at this very difficult time.

-Lennox Lewis
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RIP to another legend of the game this year. One of the best trainers of all time, up their with the very best in the history of boxing, and a good guy outside of boxing. He'll be missed by the fans and the countless fighters he has trained im sure.

Still shocked hearing about his death though, as I never even knew he was ill. A great loss for the sport.
I'd heard he was ill but it was like a side story on an article about Wlad. It was kept very quiet but then it seems he was a guy like that, wouldn't want to make a fuss.

Reminds me of Hearns after the Hagler fight. Never told anyone he'd badly broken his hand and it didn't come out until a couple of weeks later. Cut from the same cloth.
No doubt Steward would have wanted to be professional about it and keep things quite. This might not be the thread to discuss this, but I wonder who will take over Wlad's camp now, and what all the other guys that Steward train's will do. I hear his nephew was involved with the training of the likes of Lee and Wladimir, so maybe he'll have a bigger part to play now?
No idea. Jonathon Banks is training Wlad for Wach (so I'm guessing Wlad is pretty much training himself). If it works out ok then maybe Wlad will carry on like that? There's certainly a hole left in boxing now.
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