World-renowned boxing man Emanuel ‘Manny’ Steward has passed away today after suffering from a serious stomach illness for the past few months, it has now been formally announced.
The 68-year-old, who trained Wladimir Klitschko to invincibility, died after a long career coaching some of the sport’s biggest names.
He was reported to be battling cancer. His sister denied this was the case.
After earlier reports were initially rubbished, Mr. Steward’s death is now confirmed, throwing the whole boxing community into mourning.
One of the most outstanding trainers and men to ever grace the sport has left this world too soon.
Steward’s death comes just a day after Klitschko announced that he would replace Steward with fellow fighter Jonathan Banks for his upcoming bout against Mariusz Wach on November 10 in Hamburg, Germany.
The Ukrainian was transformed under Steward’s tutelage after suffering some devastating knockouts in his early career.
Klitschko was enjoying an eight-year unbeaten run with the exceptional coach.
In his career, Steward guided Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis, and at one point, ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed to notable success in their careers.
Emanuel Steward will be sorely missed by all within the sport and beyond.