Originally Posted by Unforgiven
Yes, and Steward was party to all of that. Preparation is everything.
Steward was in LA making films with Lennox ! What does this guy have to do to get his due criticism ??
Steward didn't take the fight seriously.
And he was in Vegas preparing Hamed to lose to Barrera.
Steward is a good trainer, but there are dozens of unsung trainers who are just as good as him, he's simply a name that people like to throw around as if they really know what goes on behind closed doors, and he's made a good reputation for himself. He's outspoken.
Taking fighters who are already at the top of the game and having them remain successful or improve a little is VERY overrated. It's rife is all sports, these super-trainers who seem to command huge sums whether they deliver or not and are master of self-promotion.
Yeah well it works both ways. He developed Mike Moorer and Gerald Mclellan from amatuers, and they left him.
You cant win them all either and Hamed was always a technical mess. Steward also worked with Evander Holyfield and set the gameplan for his winning effort against Riddick Bowe.
Its not overated either what he does and part of the reason hes in demand so much. It also shows the importance of a great strategist teacher, regardless of the level of fighter.
I do agree at the time Lewis lost, Steward was working with too many fighters. That probably contributed to Lewis loss, but again more reason why he was so important to him.