we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
I'd like to dedicate this section to my
friends who have gone way too early. I am blessed to have known each one of
them and they will be never be forgotten. Memories I will always cherish,
and keep close to my heart.
Rest in heaven my friends. Until
we meet again.
Emanuel Steward – Godfather of Kronk
Emanuel was much
more than an American boxer, trainer and commentator. He was a lovely soul
who had always made everyone feel welcome. I've known Manny for many years
and have had the opportunity to have been around him and get to know him
personally. I am really blessed to have had the chance to get to know such a
legend. Being around him, Bashir and Joey Gamache have really taught me a
lot. I'm really grateful for it and the many beautiful memories that I will
Gamache, Sylvana Ambrosanio & Emanuel Steward on his birthday '07
He trained 41 World
Champion boxers throughout his career, most notably Lennox Lewis, Wladimir
Klitschko and Thomas Hearns. He was also inducted into the International
Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
In 1971, Manny took his
half brother, James Steward, to the nearby Kronk Gym, and became a part time
coach there. He trained many of the nation's top amateurs. Eventually he
converted his amateur boxing success into a prolific career training
championship-level professional boxers.
Manny was also well
known for his endless work with charities to help endangered and poverty
stricken youths attain an education.
(1944 – †2012)
Diego “Chico” Corrales
Diego, also known as “Chico”, was an
American boxer and former WBC, WBO and The Ring Lightweight Champion of the
world, as well as earning the WBO and IBF belts at Super Featherweight. But,
most importantly, he was a fun, loving and caring friend to everyone around
him. His family is very dear to me and I’d like to say a very big thank you
to his mom Olga Woods, Papa Ray, Mazey & Esteban. You guys will always play
a huge part in my life.
Ray Woods & Olga Woods
Chico received the prestigious The
Ring and Boxing Writers of America “Fight of the Year” award for his
Lightweight battle against Mexican rival Jose Luis Castillo. Yes, Chico was
a true warrior with a big heart
Mazey, Sylvana, Ray Woods & Olga Woods in Chico's gym
Before his untimely
death, Diego had at one stage been among The Ring Magazines Top 5
Pound-For-Pound fighters in the world, and The Rings No. 1 ranked Super
(1977 – †2007)
was a World Champion boxer in both the Welterweight and Light Middleweight
divisions but also a dear friend of mine. “Big V.”, as I always called him,
was an inspiration. Truly a sweetheart who always made sure everyone around
him was happy. “Never forget to tell the people you care about how much they
mean to you” he once told me. Well, Big V., you’re truly missed.
Alphonso Forrest who will turn pro soon will keep his legacy alive. Make
sure to keep an eye on him! Some exclusive interviews will be coming soon!
& Alphonso Forrest
Among his most
notable victories were three wins over ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley, two of which
came in during his professional career and the other as an amateur.
closely involved with the charity ‘Destinys Child’, a not for profit
organisation that assists people with developmental, emotional, and
psychological disabilities and needs.
The Viper had
a fight record of 41 wins (29 knockouts) and only 3 losses.
(1971 – †2009)
Omar was a
professional American boxer originally from Chicago, Illinois. I first met
Omar in 2004 and have never stopped following his career. Omar was a funny,
wild kid and sometimes out of his mind - but in a good way. No one could
take away what a great fighter and person he was. He just wanted to live,
laugh and love.
He also had a
well decorated amateur career, successfully becoming a four time Texas
Golden Gloves Champion and winning the Texas US Championships twice (voted
‘Outstanding Boxer 2007’).
Omar won his
first professional contest against Terence Anderson, knocking his opponent
out in 1:15 minutes of the first round. He then went to compile a staggering
record, stopping the next nine out of eleven opponents in the first round.
(1987 – †2013)
Worldwide Weekly Boxing Predictions League.
I don’t know where or how to start but my very
good friend Andrew Millwall has lost his battle with cancer. Andrew, who was
known as a very caring, humble man, brought the boxing community all over
the world together. He mightn't have known where you come from, what your
background was, or who you were, he just brought the community closer and
made it one – a big happy family.
Andrew played a huge part for SylvanaBoxing.com. If it
wasn’t for him encouraging me about what I can do, and should do, there
wouldn’t be SylvanaBoxing the way it is today. I am so grateful to be able
to call him my friend. I will promise to continue to do what we were talking
about as I promised him I would. My beloved friend, I will make you proud
and I will never forget you. No matter where you are, I know you are smiling
down on us and will take care of us. You are in good hands with the man
above. Love you always.. Rest in peace, champ!
(1960 – †2013)