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Boxing trainer legend Steward dead at 68
Emanuel Steward, a Hall of Fame trainer for boxing heavyweight champions the like of Thomas Hearns and Lennox Lewis, has died in Chicago, an associate says.
Steward, 68, trained 41 world champions, who accumulated a record of 34-2-1 in title fights, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Victoria Kirton, Steward’s executive assistant, said he died Thursday in Chicago. The cause of death was not disclosed.
He had worked as a boxing analyst for HBO since 2001.
Born July 7, 1944, in West Virginia, Steward moved with his mother to Detroit after his parents’ divorce.
He won a Golden gloves title, but gave up a boxing career to support his family as an electrical lineman.
He began to train boxers at Kronk’s Gym, which Steward would later build into one of the best-known boxing centers in the world and where he would train some of the best fighters in the United States.
HBO’s lead boxing announcer, Jim Lampley, said the depth of Steward’s knowledge about the field was “unsurpassed.”
Information about survivors was not immediately available.
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