September 29th, 2012 By Pedro FernandezA “TWEET” FROM THE “GOLDFATHER”
San Francisco, CA- Although I’m not at liberty to say where Emanuel Steward is right now, I can tell you that the Hall of Famer, probably the most prolific trainer in boxing for the past 30 years, is getting better each day. I was concerned as the “inner” Steward circle was being tighter than a boa constrictor when it came to releasing anything on Emanuel’s health and well being. That being said, I spent three hours calling every hospital in the Chicago area earlier today. Everywhere I called, “No, we don’t have an Emanuel Steward here.”
WORKING THE HOSPITAL OPERATORS!
I called medical rehab places, you know where they take you after they discharge you but don’t want you to go home. After about 50 calls I threw in the towel. Wasn’t that I was trying to invade Emanuel’s privacy, the man that I’ve been on three continents with in about 28 years together, I was freaking out ’cause for the first time in that duration I couldn’t reach him! So when I got the Tweets tonight, I smiled and really felt good that the only “Goldfather” ever in boxing is climbing off the deck of the bad ship illness.
FUNNIEST EMANUEL STEWARD & PEDRO MOMENT!
That had to be when there was a Kronk Gym in Big Bear, CA. I think Emanuel was working with Oscar De La Hoya then. But the “Goldfather” and I went out and had a few before trying to sing “My Way.” When I saw this on videotape the next morning, I took it out of the VCR and broke it in half. If that were to have gotten on YouTube.com, the “Goldfather” and I would have been humiliated to this day and beyond. Arms around one another trying to sing “My Way.”
MOST SERIOUS I EVER SAW EMANUEL IN A FIGHT!
When Lennox Lewis fought Mike Tyson in 2002, Emanuel was of the mindset that referee Eddie Cotton was trying to pull some bull s*it. I agreed as it looked to me as if the referee, who has been belittled for his professional shortcomings by more than one person, was trying his best to takes points away and then disqualify Lewis who was beating on Tyson like Mike used to beat on ex-wife Robbin’ Givens. Using an assortment of “F Bombs” and successfully rattling Lennox’s cage above the shoulders, Lewis then went to work and closed the show!
FUNNIEST EMANUEL STEWARD STORY
Of all the stories that have went back and forth between he and I over the years, this story of former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks comes to mind. Living across the street from Emanuel in the house previously owned by iconic Detroit resident and lead singer of The Supremes, Ms. Diana Ross, Leon wasn’t the quietest neighbor on a block that once had all three Supremes, the founder Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson living on it in three different homes! Emanuel heard screaming and cries for help, so he at first grabbed a gun, but ended up not taking it over to Leon’s.
LEON SPINKS WAS HORIZONTAL & BLOODY!
Walking around to the back door, Emanuel entered and found Leon, all busted up and bleeding laying on the floor while his heavyset wife was sitting on his chest as she and her girlfriend were hitting Leon about the upper body with frying pans! Needless to say, Steward realized he was out matched, outsized, out weighed, and lastly he didn’t have a skillet in his hand. When Emanuel got back to the house, he told the story to his then wife who laughed until she cried, much the same as I did as we were looking across the street at the house while he was telling me the story.