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This post was edited by ByTor20084 18 months ago
Steward nurtured and guided the likes of Thomas Hearns, Hilmer Kenty and Milton McCrory to world titles in the 1980s at the Kronk Gym on McGraw in Detroit. He has been hospitalized since September and underwent surgery for what his sister called diverticulitis, a stomach disorder.
SI's Chris Mannix tweeted he had passed, then retweeted saying Manny's sister said he was not dead
I actually thought this thread was about this guy...
Technically knocked out?
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
That was my first reaction too.
Standing 8 count for now
Cause we all look the same to you? Racist.
Emanuel Steward always represented boxing and Detroit.
December 3, 2011 - Forever haunted by what I witnessed...
Who the hell is that? I take it he shares the same name but what makes him famous?
"I love March!" - Tom Izzo
Man I really liked that guy - I only wish he told Hearns not to slug it out with Haggler.
This post was edited by PetVet 18 months ago
I talked to Manny after the Thomas Hearns-Doug DeWitt fight in Detroit in 1986. Hearns was at that time lobbying for a rematch with Marvin Hagler. He had previously suffered a broken right hand during first Hagler fight, which was a bit of a double edged sword. It gave him an excuse for the loss to Hagler, having lost his main weapon in the middle of a slugfest, but at the same time it would diminish his market value for a potential rematch if it would be expected to happen again. That evening in Cobo Hall, Hearns clearly re-injured his hand around the end of the third round trying to finish DeWitt with repeating right hand bombs. Having failed to KO DeWitt before the bell sounded, Hearns was forced to box from the outside while relying almost exclusively on the left hand and spent most of the rest of the night in retreat, winning a tough decision while suffering cuts around both eyes. After the fight I was walkng around down on the floor near the ring and right next to Emanuel Steward. I said "Hi, Manny!", and he very pleasantly greeted me. I then asked him if Tommy had broken his hand during the fight. Steward gave me an icy stare, muttered, "No" and stormed off. It was obvious he was trying to cover up the story. To this day I am proud of the fact that Emanuel Steward actually cared about what I had noticed and didn't want anyone picking up on what I had seen. After the fight, I scoured about a half dozen reports on the fight in various boxing mgazines and newspapers. Only one had reported that Hearns had obviously reinjured his hand. Word of Hearns' reinjured hand failed to spread. Although the rematch with Hagler never materialized, it was because of Sugar Ray Leonard's comeback, not because of Hearns' oft injured right hand. RIP, Manny. You'll be missed.
This post was edited by 0915426A 18 months ago
Horrible news. Boxing legend and great for the city of Detroit. Boxing needs more guys like Steward.
But man was that fun to watch.
Thanks for sharing that.
I was going to jump on the OP for inappropriate usage of the "bad spelling" meme by using it in an obituary thread.
But apparently not.
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