Legendary Trainer Emanuel Steward Battling Illness, Not Cancer

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2012

Legendary trainer Emanuel Steward, shown here with Lennox Lewis, has been diagnosed with cancer.
Legendary trainer Emanuel Steward, shown here with Lennox Lewis, has been diagnosed with cancer.John Gichigi/Getty Images

UPDATED 9/20/12 6:43 PM EDT

Initial reports published earlier today about legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward having cancer are apparently incorrect. 

The Detroit Free Press is reporting this afternoon that Steward's sister Diana Steward-Jones has confirmed that her brother has indeed had surgery to repair a stomach condition but that it was not cancerous.

"My brother has had problems with a nervous stomach, which turned into diverticulosis," said Steward-Jones.

Diverticulosis is a colon condition in which pouches form inside the colon. It is common and can cause a great deal of discomfort.

Steward-Jones also added that her brother is resting comfortably.

"He is doing well," she told the Detroit Free Press.

This is certainly welcome news for the boxing community. 

The reports, first broken by BoxingScene.com and the Canadian newspaper Le Journal de Quebec, do not indicate what type of cancer Steward is battling, but they do say he will continue his normal training duties for the time being.

Steward is currently training super middleweight prospect Adonis Stevenson for his October 12th bout against Donovan George. The newspaper cites Yvon Michel, Stevenson's promoter, as confirming the diagnosis.

Steward, 68, has been an extremely well-known trainer in the sport of boxing for decades. His list of clients is itself legendary and includes names such as Tommy Hearns, Lennox Lewis, Oscar de la Hoya and Wladimir Klitschko.

He has been recently absent on high-profile HBO broadcasts due to health issues that were not elaborated on at the time. 

More on this story as it continues to develop.