Heavy­weight con­tender Alex Ste­wart dies at 52

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

Alex Ste­wart, a heavy­weight con­tender who fought Mike Tyson and nearly beat Ge­orge Fore­man, has died. He was 52.

Ste­wart died last week af­ter be­ing rushed to a hos­pi­tal in Mount Ver­non, N.Y., said Mike Gil­berg, a close friend of the for­mer fighter. He had a blood clot in his lung, Gil­berg said.

“One day he wasn’t feel­ing good, the next this happened,” Gil­berg said.

Ste­wart fought in a golden time for heavy­weight box­ing, and he fought al­most all the big names of his time.

Ste­wart lost twice to Evan­der Holy­field, and was knocked out in the first round of his fight with Tyson. But it was his 1992 fight with Fore­man that was the high­light of his ca­reer..

Fore­man knocked Ste­wart down twice in the sec­ond round and was bat­ter­ing him in the third, when Fore­man mo­tioned to ref­eree Richard Steele to stop the fight. But Steele let it con­tinue, and Ste­wart be­gan pum­mel­ing Fore­man. Ste­wart lost a con­tro­ver­sial ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion.

He retired with a record of 43-10 with 40 knock­outs.

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