Iconic Boxing Writer And Historian Bert Sugar Has Died

MOUNT KISKO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — After a long battle with lung cancer, legendary Boxing writer, historian, and one of the all-time great characters, Bert Sugar, of Chappaqua, New York passed away this Sunday afternoon at the age of 75.

He was surrounded by family at Northern Westchester Medical Center in Mount Kisco. His family said Sugar went into cardiac arrest.

Sugar, instantly recognizable with his brown fedora and cigar, is the author of over 80 books. He will always be remembered as the publisher and editor of “Boxing Illustrated” and later “The Ring” magazine.

After he passed the bar exam, he became one of the original “Mad Men” in the 60s, working at McCann Erickson and J. Walter Thompson.

Sports, primarily boxing, was his passion. Under that constant barrage of one-liners and a rat-a-tat-tat delivery was an observer so thoroughly steeped in his profession, that other writers and even boxers and managers paid attention.

He was such an iconic figure that to establish “instant authenticity,” producers cast him in films like “Night and the City.”

More information regarding services and a memorial will be released by the family.

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  • smokersodysseycom

    Wow! The sweet science will miss you. R.I.P. smokersodysseycom

  • Bullett

    The boxing/sport world has lost yet another iconic figure. Thanks for your open and straight forward view Burt, you will be missed.

  • Rupert Hitzig

    I will miss your visits to Woodstock and the Travers, with Joe Flaherty and Wilfred Sheed … You were the greatest in so many ways.


    Why would you say that?

  • Paul Burke

    Always loved hearing him on WFAN. He knew more about Boxing and sports
    than any of these other experts that they used to interview.
    Rest in peace Mr. Sugar

  • Kenneth Schwartz

    I met Bert Sugar at a Mensa event some years ago. By the time the evening was over we were all pals. His intimate and affable manner warmed my heart along with his knowledge of boxing and so many other things as well. He was a wonderful down-to-earth person and an incredible human being.

  • Jaime M. Weiss

    I was fortunate to have known Burt and truly admired his quick wit and humor and especially his keen knowledge of boxing. He was a one of a kind and we will miss his presence.

  • Mary

    RIP Bert you were a colorful guy with a passion!

  • Kenneth Casazza

    RIP Bert, You will be missed!

  • ross rivera

    Bert was directly responsible for my presence in Boxing as a Photo-Journalist .. .Every writer came second to him in as far as writing ability and style that many copied .What an .intellect and what passion he had for those in the sport, .for those who were in need of defense..Hall of Fame wont be the same.

  • Robert L. Randall

    I really admired his wisdom of the boxing game. I , (we) will miss his comments on all the boxers .
    Thanks Bert


  • Karen Gauvin

    A unique and special person will be missed I am sure by many! No “cooler” guy and no one wore the Fedora quite like him.

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