- ‘Maverick’ of the seas: ‘Top Gun’ school for U.S. ship officers to launch
- Putin declares Sochi Paralympics open amid Ukrainian protest
- ‘In Jesus name, we pray’ sparks ire at Ohio council meeting
- Navy’s first laser weapon ready for prime time; drone killer to deploy this summer
- Billionaire backer: Rick Santorum ‘needs to be heard’ in 2016
- Obamacare fallout: 49 percent pessimistic; 45 percent ‘scared’
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
- U.N. warns of Muslim ‘cleansing’ in Central African Republic
- Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases
Emanuel Steward, famed boxing trainer, dies at 68
The gym for years was seen as a way to keep kids out of trouble in southwestern Detroit.
“A lot of these kids would be in the streets,” Steward once said. “They live for this.”
And, Steward lived for it, too.
He loved boxing _ and boxers _ but like the Motor City, the gym he adored fell on hard times.
The city closed the original Kronk Recreation Center _ a hot, sweaty basement gym _ after vandals stole its copper piping in 2006. It was allowed to remain open, but it put Steward in a difficult financial situation and he later rented space at a gym in Dearborn so his young fighters could train.
“With the loss of Emanuel Steward, we have lost a true Detroit icon,” Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said. “Emanuel Steward embodied our city’s toughness, our competitive spirit, and our determination to always answer the bell.
“We are grateful for Emanuel Steward’s many contributions to our city and his impact on generations of young people.”
In the early years at Kronk, most of his fighters were black. In recent years, his melting pot of boxers included a Ukrainian heavyweight, an Irish middleweight and scores of young men from Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Steward was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996.
“It brings me great grief and sadness to hear of the passing of one of the best and most respected trainers of this era,” De La Hoya said. “I learned a lot from him during our professional relationship and I will be forever grateful for his help during that time. We were also friends and I know I am going to miss him as so many others will, too. He was an important part of our boxing community.”
“This has been a very tragic year for the boxing world, but today we’ve truly lost one of its crown jewels,” Lewis wrote on his official website. “Manny always told me I was the best, but the truth is, he was the best and I’m grateful, privileged and honored to be counted among his many historic successes.
“Manny was giving, selfless, compassionate and stern,” Lewis said. “I’m proud to have had him in my corner for so many years. … I’ll miss his smile, his frank no-holds-barred truthfulness and our discussions on boxing and life.”
Steward also worked Klitschko, the current heavyweight champion, as recently as July when the boxer led 22,000 fans in singing “Happy Birthday,” to the beloved trainer.
Klitschko had to train recently without Steward for his fight against Mariusz Wach next month in Germany
By Tammy Bruce
- Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital
- Putin has transformed Russian army into a lean, mean fighting machine
- BRUCE: Obama's bizarre immigration rules
- IRS to turn over Lerner emails in tea party targeting probe
- DELAY: A revolution for the Constitution
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Unemployment insurance vote could happen next week
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- High schooler suing parents for money shot down by judge
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again