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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 05:08 PM

RIP Manny Steward

Manny Steward died today. He was 68 years old. DU sports forum members know him as the trainer of Tommy Hearns, Lennox Lewis, and the Klitschko brothers. He also was HBO's best boxing commentator.

My brother used to hang out in the Kronk gym during the Hearns era. I think that I've posted some photos here, over the years, of Tommy in training, and of some of his fights, such as his 2-round knockout of Roberto Duran.

A couple of years ago, Manny actually approached me about having my boy join his training camp. Manny and D talked on the phone that day, and he gave me his card with contact information.

I'll post more later. While I am not pretending I knew him well, I really had great respect for Manny. He was one of the most honorable people in the sport.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 06:01 PM

1. RIP to a great trainer..

 

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Response to trumad (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 11:46 AM

2. He was an

outstanding trainer. I think he worked with close to 30 guys who held titles. He told me that Tommy "the Hit Man" Hearns was the most exciting fighter he ever saw. He described the excitement of just walking from the dressing room to the ring with Tommy, for his big fights.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 01:29 PM

3. I will miss him greatly

He had an uncanny ability to get into fighters' heads to see when the tide in a fight started to turn, an extra perspective on a fight I never get from Lampley or Merchant. Thanks Manny for the countless hours of entertainment and insight on HBO over the years and RIP.

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