Emanuel Steward, the owner of the legendary Kronk Gym and a standout trainer for boxers including Thomas Hearns, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya, died Thursday. He was 68.
Victoria Kirton, Steward’s executive assistant, said Steward died Thursday at a Chicago hospital. She did not disclose the cause of death.
Steward trained, helped train or manage 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.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on August 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm
DJ Peter Rosenberg (Hot 97) has conducted interviews with all of WWE’s top superstars and spoke with boxing champion and WrestleMania 24 celebrity Floyd Mayweather this morning. Mayweather spoke about his close relationship with Triple H, a potential dream fight with Manny Pacquiao and dropped the bombshell news that he will be appearing at WrestleMania 29 from the Met Life Stadium in NY/NJ next April.
Mayweather talked about his past experience working with (ie. breaking the nose of) Big Show and told Rosenberg, “I’m about to go back to the WWE.” When pressed for a follow-up, he clarified: “WrestleMania.”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on August 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm
John Layfield posted the following story on Facebook about boxing legend Evander Holyfield hearing JBL trash talk him at a WWE live event.
“One of best stories ever from commentary was at Madison Square Garden with Evander Holyfield.
I had met Evander before and he was a total jerk, complete jerk to both me and Ron.
He used the religious image while he was an absolute reprehensible creature. He’s had a ton of kids by a ton of women and professes to be a model Christian. I don’t mind people being what they are, but I abhor fakes. I can’t stand Evander Holyfield.
Soooooo……. On to MSG.
Evander is to box Matt Hardy in a ‘boxing match’ as MVP’s replacement in a Madison Square Garden event.
I am doing commentary and the whole show I am putting over Evander as this great guy, blah blah blah.
By the end of the show I am sick of myself. So during commercial I tell Michael Cole a true story of Evander and my wife at Fox News.
My wife had called me and told me she was in the ‘Green Room’ with a famous boxer but not being a sports fan she didn’t know who he was., she told me it was Evander Holyfield.
I explained to her he was one of greatest boxers of all time and told her the whole story of his career which I knew by heart as a huge boxing fan. She told me that he was ‘very nice’. I said “of course, he has had 9 kids by 9 women of course he is nice, leave now!” and of course I was joking, but half serious.
During the break I tell Michael this story, but of course I go further-I totally tear down Evander as a hypocrite and piece of garbage that I think he is. I have no idea this is being broadcast into his dressing room, I still had my headphones and mic on. Every word I say Evander hears.
Matt Hardy and MVP were in the room, ask them how tense it got. A spokesperson for Evander went to Vince and threatened to have him leave the show.
More importantly, how would you like to be Matt Hardy? He is facing the former heavyweight champion in what he hopes is a work and he now knows this guy is furious. While I was saying this Evander had one of his kids on his lap listening, and from Matt’s story he just got very quite.
Evander ended up doing business which I am sure Matt was thankful.
My headset was ringing to tell me to shut up.
After the show I went to Evander’s dressing room, not to apologize for what I said-I meant it and still do, but it was totally inappropriate for me to treat a guest of our show like that, I shouldn’t have let my personal feelings potentially screw up a show. At his dressing room I encountered a security guard. I was expecting anything from a fight to him excepting my apology-I had no idea, but I had made my bed and I would lie in it.
I never apologized for what I said but for the venue I said it in as he was our guest. I meant what I said, but shouldn’t have said it to a guest of the WWE. The security guard looked at Evander who was less than five feet away and Evander shook his head, so I never spoke to him direct though that was my intention and he heard every word I said. And, I never apologized for calling him what I did, I apologized for doing it on a WWE show.
As I walked by the boys to Evander’s dressing room, no one knew what would happen. Ron Simmons told me, “leg dive him!’ which was my plan, it was a tense moment.
I have seen him since, I have no respect for him, but I do hate he is getting ‘punch drunk’ as no one deserves that. He is a great boxer but a rotten human being.
The next day I apologized to Vince, I was wrong to attack a guest like that. Vince said, “we almost lost him” and I responded, “we almost lost Matt” and we both laughed.
The day I almost got into a shoot fight with the former world heavyweight champ.”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on July 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm
ABS-CBNNews.com features a small quote from Rey Mysterio, who said that he would like to team with MannyPacquiao for a tag team match against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Alberto Del Rio.
“I love Manny. In fact, Manny, if you’re watching right now, I’m inviting you to join forces with Rey Mysterio in the WWE to take on “Money” (Floyd) Mayweather. I know you don’t need me to take him on but this is just a teaser: me and you versus him and Alberto del Rio,” he said.
Mysterio is currently in the Philippines promoting WWE’s anti-bullying campaign. You can read the article atthis link.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm
THQ issued the following:
The ‘Baddest Man On The Planet’ Returns
Mike Tyson Returns To The Ring
The campaign premise of “Live the Revolution” continues, as THQ today announced the return of the incomparable Mike Tyson to the ring – virtually – in WWE® ’13, the revolutionary next installment in the WWE flagship videogame franchise. Often touted as the “baddest man on the planet,” the boxing legend and former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world will be available as an exclusive playable character for consumers who pre-order the videogame at any participating retailer in the UK for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (while supplies last).
Tyson made headlines with WWE (NYSE: WWE) in early 1998 as part of the company’s groundbreaking “Attitude Era,” a time period prominently featured in WWE ’13 through a brand new single-player campaign. He is best remembered for his appearances leading up to and at WrestleMania® XIV, where he was recruited by D-Generation X (DX) to serve as a ringside enforcer during the main event match between DX member Shawn Michaels® and Stone Cold Steve Austin® for the WWE Championship. Tyson, sporting a sleeveless DX t-shirt and black jeans – the same look as his playable character in WWE ’13 – interfered in the match, allowing Austin to secure the victory and ultimately abandoning his presumed alliance with the renegade faction. Tyson returned to WWE on January 11, 2010 as a guest host on Monday Night Raw® and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 2, 2012.
“As one of the most dominant champions in boxing history and one of the most memorable guests to ever be featured on WWE programming, Mike Tyson led an incredible revolution that changed the way fans perceive the sport,” said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President, Global Brand Management, THQ. “He was a tremendous addition to the ‘Attitude Era’ and is certain to attract a wide variety of fans to ‘live the revolution’ offered in WWE ’13.”
“The baddest man on the planet is back – and only in WWE ’13,” said Mike Tyson. “Fans everywhere can now relive what I experienced during the ‘Attitude Era.’”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm
WWE Hall of Famer Mike Tyson will be bringing his “Undisputed Truth” one-man show to Broadway for a limited run of six performances at the Longacre Theater. The show features Tyson telling his life story and was directed by Spike Lee.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm
The Sports Business Journal recently polled 1,100 major sports decision makers on their views of boxing, UFC and WWE on whether they have more interest now than in 2007.
For boxing 7% said they did, 41% said they had the same interest and 53% said they had less interest. For UFC 29% said they had more interest, 39% said they had the same interest and 32% said they had less interest. For WWE 4% said they had more interest, 32% said they had the same level of interest and 64% said they had less interest.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 11, 2012 at 6:03 am
Vince McMahon was trending on Twitter Saturday night after the controversial Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley boxing match. Fans brought up how the judges decision made it fixed like pro wrestling and that’s where Vince’s name came up.
There was talk in WWE this weekend about bringing up Vince trending when he returns on RAW tonight.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on May 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm
Paul Heyman was also in Las Vegas this week, for unrelated reasons to UFC and Brock Lesnar. He was shooting an interview with Mike Tyson where he talked about the problems of Jon Jones for his website, HeymanHustle.com.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on May 9, 2012 at 10:47 am
There was a ton of discussion within WWE about Triple H accompanying Floyd Mayweather to the ring last weekend in Las Vegas. Most of the talk came from the fact that CM Punk wasn’t allowed to accompany UFC fighter Chael Sonnen to the octagon a few months ago in Chicago.
Part of the reason why Punk wasn’t allowed to work the UFC show was because they felt nobody would acknowledge Punk as a cornerman and it would hurt Punk’s perceived star power. Triple H accompanied Mayweather to the ring and outside of wrestling sites and WWE’s own website, he didn’t get much mainstream attention at all.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on May 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm
The infamous “#1 Underground Breaking Sports News” reporter Incarcerated Bob is reporting that he has received breaking news via a source that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has failed a post-fight drug test following this past Saturday’s bout against Miguel Cotto. He tweeted:
**BREAKING BOXING NEWS**Sources: Floyd Mayweather failed some kind of DRUG TEST! No announcement what he failed yet.. More coming #Karma
Remember Floyd’s money is long > Boxing has been dirty before (Would they jeopardize Pac-Man vs Floyd) and reveal Failed test? Hmmm — Incarcerated Bob (@incarceratedbob) May 8, 2012
Since this rumor hit Twitter earlier, many have been asking for answers. Brent Brookhouse, managing editor of BloodyElbow.com, took to Twitter to debunk the report. Brookhouse stated that he contacted the Nevada State Athletic Commission and was told that all tests for “drugs of abuse” for the fight came back clean. He was also told that testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs haven’t even come back yet and won’t be available until Friday. Here are the tweets from Brookhouse:
Results on the “drugs of abuse” are back to the NSAC and all 4 title fighters clean. steroid tests not back until Friday