Hall of Fame trainer and HBO boxing analyst Emanuel Steward is dead at the age of 68. Victoria Kirton, Steward’s executive assistant, told the Associated Press that Steward died in a Chicago hospital on Thursday afternoon.
Emanuel Steward directed the careers of several champion fighters including Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and current heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Steward’s family has not identified a cause of death.
Emanuel Steward was one of his sport’s greatest resources of information, and served as an analyst on HBO’s most significant fights since 2001.
“The depth of his knowledge was unsurpassed,” said HBO’s lead boxing announcer, Jim Lampley. “He was just as involved in amateur boxing as he was professional, so almost every time we’d start covering an American fighter, Emanuel had seen him at the start.”
HBO Sports President Ken Hershman said the network feels an “enormous degree of sadness and loss.”
“For more than a decade, Manny was a respected colleague who taught us so much not only about the sweet science but also about friendship and loyalty. His energy, enthusiasm and bright smile were a constant presence. Ten bells do not seem enough to mourn his passing. His contributions to the sport and to HBO will never be forgotten.”