Bert Sugar, the Hall of Fame boxing writer who was one of the sport’s most recognizable figures with his ever-present fedora and cigar, died yesterday of cardiac arrest at the age 74.
Sugar was surrounded by family when he passed away at Northern Westchester Medical Center in Mount Kisco, New York, the International Boxing Hall of Fame said on its website.
“Bert Sugar was a truly colorful character in the sport of boxing,” Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy said. “His quick wit and amazing knowledge about boxing made him a fan favorite as a writer and as a commentator.”
Sugar was born June 7, 1937 in Washington, attended the University of Maryland and got a law degree from the University of Michigan. He briefly practiced law and then turned to advertising before pursuing his passion for boxing and writing, the Hall of Fame said. Sugar became the editor of Boxing Illustrated in the early 1970s and from 1979-83 he was editor-in-chief of The Ring magazine.
Sugar wrote more than 80 books, including “The 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time,” was a long-time contributor to HBO Boxing and appeared in several boxing-themed movies such as “Rocky Balboa” and “The Great White Hype.” Sugar was elected into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.