Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, who had trained championship boxers Miguel Cotto, Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez among others, has passed away after suffering from the stomach disease diverticulitis, according to multiple sources and confirmed by LA Times sports reporter Lance Pugmire:
Emanuel Steward has died, story coming on LAT’s Sports Now. RIP to a very helpful, kind man who worked with 41 world champs. #boxing
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) October 25, 2012
Steward was widely regarded as one of the best trainers in boxing history as well as one of the most beloved personalities in the sport. He was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996 and has worked as a ringside analyst for HBO Sports for years.
Emanuel Steward’s contributions to boxing and to HBO will never be forgotten.Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) October 25, 2012
Steward trained 41 world championship fighters in his time.
LTSB sends our condolences to Steward’s family and friends in their time of loss.