Emanuel Steward’s Pride And Joy Kronk Gym Is Being Chained Up And Gutted By His Sister

Isn’t it interesting how life and death can be contrasted just by looking at what life can lead people to create, and how fast those creations disappear when a person dies?

Some people spend decades creating and perfecting something that they are passionate about, but then all of a sudden it all gets dismantled, sold, or simply thrown away the minute they are no longer there present to protect their life-long efforts. In most instances this is not only OK, but is normal, as keeping everything from generation to generation is simply impossible. But then there those other situations, where a person creates something special, something legendary that brings out dozens of amazing individuals; those places must remain operating no matter what.

Emanuel Steward’s Kronk Gym in Detroit was just that. Steward put his heart and soul into that gym, and it was as successful as most of us would expect it to be. He loved the gym, the people, and the sport of boxing no less than 100%. His efforts and love for boxing helped too many names to mention in making it to the top, and an entire army of people though of it and Steward as their home.

Now that Steward is gone, thing are taking a much unexpected turn, a turn that I wish was never happened: the gym is being torn down and gutted. The sign is torn down, the ring as well as all the inside supplies are also being ripped to and taken elsewhere. In other words, Emanuel Steward’s pride and joy Kronk boxing gym is dying.

“I don’t know whether the doors will be open tomorrow, it’s tough to watch,” said Gallerani, a 24-year old bantamweight in a Detroit Free Press article.

A loyal long time Kronk trainer Keith Lee is still hoping for a miracle: “Doors have been locked and the alarm set. I don’t know when and if we’ll be open here again. I’m hoping something good will happen.”

The person responsible for this decision was Steward’s own sister Diane Steward-Jones. She reasoned that the only reason she was taking such action was to protect the gym and its contents from harm:

“There are people in the gym — scavengers — who would try and take everything out of my brother’s gym. I’ve alerted the police. People are not going to rape and ravage that place. There will be nothing left. The ring is even being removed.”

Maybe she has the legal right to this, but she certainly shouldn’t be closing down and tearing apart something that her brother built, managed and loved. Steward’s biggest asset were the people that came there to work out, the young hopeful fighters that will now be left without a place to go, possibly creating a tremendous roadblock in their lives. Steward’s sister doesn’t realize that this is the very last thing her brother would want to happen; he was a warm person with a giving heart, and carelessly closing the gym and leaving people stranded is the opposite of what she should have done.

Keeping it open and operating at full force in Steward’s memory would have been the right thing to do. This would not only keep his name alive, but would honor his efforts with every successful victory coming by way of Kronk Gym.