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Lennox Lewis on Steward: Boxing Lost a Crown Jewel

Ex-heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis has spoken of his devastation at the death of long-term trainer and close friend Emanuel Steward. The 68-year-old former coach's death from cancer was announced on Thursday. Steward trained 43 world champions in a celebrated career, including from 1994 to 2004.

"This has been a very tragic year for the boxing world, but today we've truly lost one of its crown jewels," Lewis wrote on his official website.  "I'm completely devastated by the passing of my long-time friend, mentor and trainer Emanuel 'Manny' Steward.

"Manny has helped me get through some of the biggest fights in my career and I only regret that I couldn't return the favour and see him through his biggest fight. Manny always told me I was the best, but the truth is, he was the best and I'm grateful, privileged and honoured to be counted among his many historic successes”

Lewis went to Steward's Kronk Gym in Detroit after losing his WBC heavyweight title to Oliver McCall in 1994. He subsequently reclaimed his title in 1997 and went on to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Lewis, who retired in 2004, was unaware that Steward had been suffering from colon cancer.

"We've maintained a close relationship and the last time we spoke he seemed his usual upbeat self, so it was very disturbing to hear about his illness and rapid decline," he added. "It is with a heavy heart that realisation of what I hoped were just rumours are now, in fact, true. Manny always told me I was the best, but the truth is, he was the best and I'm grateful, privileged and honored to be counted among his many historic successes."

"Manny was giving, selfless, compassionate and stern. I'm proud to have had him in my corner for so many years. I'm extremely grateful for the time that I was given with him and he will be severely missed by all who knew and loved him. I'll miss his smile, his frank no-holds-barred truthfulness and our discussions on boxing and life. My prayers and condolences go out to his family at this very difficult time." 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The RealDeal on 10-26-2012

I'm really saddened about his passing, a real Legend is gone and it was a shame we never got to say good bye. RIP Manny.

Comment by ddangerous on 10-26-2012

Wish the news would have turned out to be completely false in the end. I am really gonna miss that insight. Feel so bad for Wlad, Lee, etc. who now have to work with a missing man in the corner.…

Comment by P4P_No1 on 10-26-2012

Lewis has hit the nail on the head. RIP Emmanuel. A true legend.

Comment by ROSS CALIFORNIA on 10-26-2012

Seems like it all happened so fast. Very sad. This man was loved by all and will really be missed.

Comment by HughJass on 10-26-2012

man,not even a day and its hard to believe we have lost this legend rip manny

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