Friends: Detroit boxing icon Emanuel Steward has died
Emanuel Steward, the Godfather of Detroit boxing, is dead at 68, according to friends and heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko, whom Steward trained.
Steward’s family has yet to confirm his death. A representative of the family also has told WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) that Steward is alive.
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 was hospitalized in September and underwent surgery for what his sister called diverticulitis, a stomach disorder.