Wladimir Klitschko and Emanuel Steward take on David Haye and Adam Booth in just about 24 hours. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
There has been some talk lately about a comment Emanuel Steward made earlier this week about his current top heavyweight, Wladimir Klitschko, and his old top heavyweight, Lennox Lewis. Adam Booth, the trainer of David Haye, pointed out that he felt Steward was undermining Klitschko by saying that Lewis was better:
"I’ve got great respect for Manny Steward, he’s been involved in the fights I grew up watching," said Booth. "[Sugar Ray] Leonard against Hearns made me fall in love with boxing. I’ll never achieve the level of consistency that he has. But Steward has criticised the fact that Wladimir doesn’t ‘fight’, and that Lennox [Lewis] was a much better heavyweight than him. That is more disrespectful, saying that about the man who’s employing you."
At yesterday's media workouts in Germany, Steward spoke to bokser.org about that quote, and explained in great detail his own comparison between the two heavyweight champions:
Steward: "I said that he was my best heavyweight. Because he did accomplish and do things that Wladimir has not did. He had big fights, he knocked out opponents. Wladimir has more talent, but the one that you have to give the credit, to the people who have actually beaten good fighters. And Lennox beat more good fighters than Wladimir has at this stage, although Wladimir has more talent than Lennox. But he has to actually not only just show that he has talent, he has to actually demonstrate his talent. Not just hold back, hold back, and only knock out people when I go crazy and curse him out because he will not let his missiles go. He's got to come out and be more aggressive this time himself, and not be too intelligent, too conservative, too analytical. He's playing a chess game -- he's got to be more natural. If he does that, he could be one of the best heavyweights ever. At this stage e has not did it. I'm hoping he will do this in the fight coming up."
Steward also takes a quick shot at Paddy Fitzpatrick, the Haye punching coach who accused Steward of illegally wrapping hands, and gives his thoughts on Booth and Haye specifically. Steward classifies the stupid David Haye iPhone game as "an insult to all the Russian people," which isn't quite Ortizville, but is a pretty silly statement. It might be time for these guys to stop taking cheaply-produced iPhone games and cartoon t-shirts so seriously. But overall, Emanuel is very engaging here as he usually is, and it's a terrific interview.