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Kronk Gym's Fate is Still Very Much Up in The Air

As previously reported, within 24 hours of Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward's death, his legendary Detroit boxing gym had lost its sign. The red-and-gold Kronk Gym sign at the gym was removed Friday at the request of Steward's sister, the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday. Steward, 68, died last Thursday in a Chicago hospital.

Diane Steward-Jones told the newspaper that she was taking things out of the gym, including the boxing ring and historic fight photos and posters, to "safeguard the legacy" of her brother.

"There are people in the gym — scavengers — who would try and take everything out of my brother's gym," she told the newspaper. "I've alerted the police. People are not going to rape and ravage that place. There will be nothing left. The ring is even being removed."

She also said she was considering locking the gym, a move that would leave dozens of fighters without a place to train.

"Emanuel was counting on me to protect his stuff from less than honest people, and I'm going to do it," she said.

Steward established the Kronk program in 1971. The gym's first professional champion, Hilmer Kenty, won the WBA title in 1978. But Tommy "Hitman" Hearns really put Kronk and Steward on the map, winning five titles with a 61-5-1 record as a pro.

Hearns was at the gym Friday, sitting on the ring that Steward's sister intends to take out of the building. The original Kronk location closed in 2006. It has been at the location near Southfield Road since then. It's been operating on a month-to-month basis.

Longtime Kronk trainer Keith Lee told the newspaper late Friday afternoon that the "doors have been locked and the alarm set."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by hayZ on 11-01-2012

Very sad, someone who loves Boxing and has money needs to buy that place and re-open it or do something.

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 11-01-2012

It's real sad to see what's happening to that gym.

Comment by Sin City on 11-01-2012

something is wrong here.. I highly doubt this is what Emanuel wanted for the gym.

Comment by ddangerous on 11-01-2012

I'm not going to pass judgement, but I just don't like the way everything is going down.

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 11-01-2012

its like Emanuel asked his sister to do one thing and she's doing it in a really exxagerated way.

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