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Wlad actually made tears roll down my face. So sad. I have been to many fight and have been in same venue with Steward but sadly I never got the chance to get close enough to him to say “Hi.” I hope next lifetime I will meet him

Posted November 18, 2012 11:37 am 


I thought that was a nice touching tribute to Emanuel by Wladimir. It’s kind of hard to believe now but Wladimir was pretty much considered damaged goods after the KO loss to Brewster. But Emanuel got him to come back in a big way. Similar to Lewis, Emanuel revived Wladimir’s career by having him improve on his defense. I don’t know if Banks will want to continue on as Wlad’s new trainer especially after having a big win last night. But I do think Wlad will keep people who worked close with Emanuel in his corner for the remainder of his career.

Posted November 18, 2012 11:27 am 


It was just a matter of time for troll sredmondess to show up and start btch about Klichko bros!!! Go fk yourself redmondess!!!!! :)

Posted November 18, 2012 5:43 am 


Great article, maybe one of the best I’ve read on boxing ever. True insight from Wladimir but you helped get it out of him. Emanuel was one of a kind, maybe the best trainer ever in the sport. Great work Rumsfeld, keep it up………….these kind of insights only come from those he actually worked with. PS: Try to get a Hearn’s or Lewis insight if you can. ‘Would be a great addition to Steward’s legacy.

Posted November 17, 2012 6:32 pm 


Sue-z ;
Great article. You seem to be outgrowing ESB. You are star!

Posted November 17, 2012 4:38 pm 


HaHa you are correct I do NOT respect the sour, bigoted creeps on ESB who cannot tolerate opinions counter to theirs… That said, wish your worst homey I will still be here causing you internal angst and insecurity… My mind is stronger than yours even on a message board..:)

Posted November 17, 2012 3:59 pm 

Don Wong

What does a Redmond know about respect? I mean that he somehow learned to spell the word is amazing enough but does he know the real meaning of the term? Doubtful.

Posted November 17, 2012 11:25 am 


Gotta respect Klits paying homage to Steward in such a dignified and funny way, Steward clearly did not want to be seen ill or discuss being infirm.. Our last impressions of him were that of a guy who was enthused about boxing, energetic and passionate… Its also pretty cool, that Klits let a Steward protege train him even if its only for one fight (Banks)… One of the better trainer/student relationships in boxing over the past 10 or so years…

Posted November 17, 2012 10:41 am 


One of the lines, he said, “Lladimir”, because he didn’t call me “Wladimir”. (laughs)

Actually one funny story, I said, “Manny, I’m Wladimir. Not ‘Lladimir’!”

He said, “Okay Lladimir. I’m not ‘Manny’. I’m ‘Emanuel’. I hate ‘Manny’! Understood?”

I said, “Okay Emanuel”.

He said, “Okay Lladimir!”

I said, “Come on!” (laughs) He kept saying ‘Lladimir’.

Brings tears to your eyes … right?

Posted November 17, 2012 2:15 am 


PS: Geoff, this has been some article, wonderful sports journalism, part 5 the SCOOP and a standard that ESB writers should be climbing the walls to aspire to!

Posted November 17, 2012 2:12 am 


“KLITSCHKO: Emanuel Steward, hands down, is a genius!”

P4P, of all the fighters Steward trained, in their prime, across the weights hypothetically, who would have reigned supreme?

Who would have held that title and got Stewards nod?

Posted November 17, 2012 2:05 am 


Much respect to in memoriam. Wald speaks the truth, Steward lives on through his fighter’s and his finger prints are clearly visable.

Posted November 17, 2012 1:29 am 


When he says, “You have to be bad-ass,” Manny meant you have to be resolutely determined to make things happen. You have to be hard core to the extreme. When things go sideways you never accept that. You revise your plan, and come back harder than ever with whatever it takes. Without loving your job that’s impossible … Steward was not the greatest technical boxing coach ever, but he was the strongest motivator ever.

Posted November 16, 2012 9:46 pm 


For sure Emanuel made boxing better, and that’s saying a lot. And beyond the world of boxing society at large could use its share of Emanuel Steward as well. And as for questioning Wlad’s use of genius to describe Emanuel, if what Emanuel Steward did in the world of boxing wasn’t genius, then just what was it?

Posted November 16, 2012 9:39 pm 


Wlad saying Peter’s “Who nex!” Classic!

Posted November 16, 2012 7:15 pm 


Excellent article. Manny Lives! I have been to that house where so many have grown with him. It is a portal to the secrets of the universe. Jonathon is going to also have him with him against Seth Mitchell and he will be victorious.

Posted November 16, 2012 5:11 pm 


what are you implying?

Posted November 16, 2012 1:36 pm 

Unbiased Dane

Great and moving interview, they way he still sense Emmanuel is almost like a Jedi knight :-)

Posted November 16, 2012 1:13 pm 


Ever notice how much better it seemed when Steward was on the HBO, not just his knowledge but the general feeling you got. Yes he was a special person, and not one of these people that talk down to you.

Posted November 16, 2012 11:57 am 


Anonymous is an idiot but just wait until SREDMOND gets in here and destroys this discussion with his BS.

Posted November 16, 2012 11:44 am 

Brazilian Boxing Fan

A great interview!

Posted November 16, 2012 11:18 am 

Daly Jr likes to touch herself

Hey. Wladimir was Stewards Lad. So “Ladimir”. Thats genius if you ask me! :)

Posted November 16, 2012 10:06 am 


The genius that can’t pronounce Wladimir.

Posted November 16, 2012 10:04 am 

Daly Jr likes to touch herself

Still cant believe hes gone. Find I’m watching old hbo broadcasts of fights ive seen a 1000 times just to hear the excellent commentary of steward. RIP

Posted November 16, 2012 9:45 am 

Gonzo the Dragonborn

Good stuff…

”One of the lines, he said, “Lladimir”, because he didn’t call me “Wladimir”. (laughs)…

Actually one funny story, I said, “Manny, I’m Wladimir. Not ‘Lladimir’!”…

He said, “Okay Lladimir. I’m not ‘Manny’. I’m ‘Emanuel’. I hate ‘Manny’! Understood?”…

I said, “Okay Emanuel”…

He said, “Okay Lladimir!”…

I said, “Come on!” (laughs) He kept saying ‘Lladimir’.”… lol. Classic.

Posted November 16, 2012 9:16 am 


Tell us how you really feel? Does it bother you Wladimir your idol is showing such respect to Emmanuel? Genuine respect, not false modesty? It bothers you right? Because the very reason you like Wladimir goes against respect for people like Steward…

Posted November 16, 2012 7:05 am 

Boney Fingers

Pardon me but a “genius”? Now he was a good coach for sure but Wlad is really putting it on thick now. Itz okay but still thick.

Posted November 16, 2012 6:54 am 

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The Legacy of Emanuel Steward Part 5: Exclusive Interview with Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko

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