DETROIT - Emanuel Steward proved rough and tough wasn't the only way to win in boxing. With a twinkle in his eyes, a smile on his face, and a soothing voice, Mr. Steward developed unique bonds in and out of the ring with a long line of champions, including Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, and Wladimir Klitschko.
Mr. Steward, 68, owner of the Kronk Gym in Detroit, an an International Boxing Hall of Fame trainer, and an HBO boxing commentator, died Thursday at a Chicago hospital. The cause of death was not disclosed.
"It is not often that a person in any line of work gets a chance to work with a legend; well, I was privileged enough to work with one for almost a decade," Klitschko said. "I will miss our time together. The long talks about boxing, the world, and life itself. Most of all I will miss our friendship."