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Funeral arrangements set for Emanuel Steward

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DETROIT (WJBK) - Memorial services are set for Emanuel Steward, the owner of the legendary Kronk Gym who died Thursday at the age of 68.

Swanson Funeral Home says a visitation with family and friends is planned for 11 a.m. on Nov. 13 at Greater Grace Temple (23500 W. 7 Mile) in Detroit followed by a noon memorial service at the church. Funeral officials tell FOX 2 the delay was to accommodate friends and family attending from overseas.

Victoria Kirton, Steward's executive assistant, said Steward died at a Chicago hospital. She did not disclose the cause of death.

Steward trained, helped train or managed some of the greatest fighters of the past 40 years out of the Kronk, a dingy, overheated basement gym that produced world champions like Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Lennox Lewis.

Steward was born in West Virginia and moved at the age of 12 to Detroit. In 1963, an 18-year old Steward, fighting as a bantamweight, won the national Golden Gloves tournament. According to a biography on his website, rather than go forward as a professional he went to work for the Detroit Edison Co. and in 1971 accepted a part-time position as head coach of the boxing program at the Kronk Recreation Center.

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