On November 2, a ceremony will be held at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit in West Bloomfield, Michigan, to induct former State Boxing Commissioner Dr. Stuart E Kirschenbaum into the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Also receiving an award that night will be legendary Kronk Gym Founder and HBO Analyst, Emanuel Steward, who will receive the Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award for his tremendous work as an ambassador of Michigan boxing worldwide.
Kirschenbaum was the State of Michigan’s Boxing Commissioner for 11 years (1981 to 1992), the second longest tenure in State history. As Commissioner, he was instrumental in the establishment of federal regulations for boxing and co-founded the Association of Boxing Commissions, which sets standards and regulates all state boxing commissions. He judged over a dozen world boxing championships. As an outstanding amateur boxer, Kirschenbaum won a medal in the 1967 NY Golden Gloves light heavyweight division.
In 1993, Sports Illustrated and the Detroit Institute of Arts honored Kirschenbaum as the recipient of the Joe Louis Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts. He serves on the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation Board of Governors and is an MJSF past President, as well as a past Vice President of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and is on the boards of the International African-American Sports Hall of Fame, Advisory Board of the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame, and Founder and President of the Michigan Boxing Hall of Fame.
Dr. Kirschenbaum earned his medical degree in 1970 from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He is a practicing podiatrist in Detroit.
Hailed as one of the most successful trainers and managers active in boxing today, Emanuel Steward is a shrewd businessman and an expert trainer who made the Kronk Gym in Detroit famous as a training ground for world champion boxers. During his illustrious career, Steward has trained 31 world champions, among them Thomas Hearns, Mark Breland, Milt McCrory, Lennox Lewis, and Evander Holyfield.
In addition to being one of the most sought-after trainers in the world, Steward now works as an analyst for HBO boxing, where his keen eye for the subtle nuances of fighting adds an extra dimension to the telecasts.
He has been honored for many of his talents including “Manager of the Year” in 1980 and 1989, “Trainer of the Year” in 1993 and 1997. He is also an International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee and a World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee.
The November 2 event will also be the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Gala. A portion of the night’s proceeds will benefitCamp KAT (Kids All Together), The Bear Hug Foundation and the MJSF Hall of Fame. To purchase tickets, call 248-592-9323.