The world of boxing lost one of its greats. Bert Sugar, the boxing writer and sports historian, died Sunday March 25, 2012, at age 75 of cardiac arrest. Sugar had a long bout with lung cancer and his wife was by his side when he died at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, New York.
Bert Sugar was that iconic figure often seen sitting on a stool wearing a fedora with his ever-present cigar. Sugar was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. The accomplishments he achieved over the years go well beyond the ring. He wrote more than 80 books, most notably “The 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time.” He also appeared in films, such as “The Great White Hype,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Sugar was born in Washington, DC in 1936. He graduated from the University of Maryland University. He also earned a MBA from the University of Michigan. After passing the bar exam, he went on to work in advertising in New York City for ten years before becoming a writer.
In 1969, Sugar bought Boxing Illustrated magazine, where he was editor until 1973. He was editor and publisher of “The Ring,” an American boxing magazine, from 1979-83. Sugar went back to editing for Boxing Illustrated in 1988.
Sugar spent many years working with HBO, where he worked numerous live events and wrote articles for the cable network. Prior to his untimely death, Sugar was slated to work forthcoming Boxing events in the midst of his battle with lung cancer. Sugar will surely be missed and his shoes will be difficult to fill.
Rest in peace!
By Keith Madyun