Bert Sugar dies aged 75
Renowned boxing writer and historian Bert Sugar has died at the age of 75.
Sugar, who was known for his trademark fedora and ever-present cigar, passed away after a cardiac arrest, but he also had been battling lung cancer.
He served as the editor of Ring and Boxing Illustrated magazines and wrote more than 80 books, including 'The 100 Greatest Boxers Of All Time.'
Sugar was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, and was named the winner of the Nat Fleischer Award in 1990 - the most prestigious honour for a boxing writer.
‘Around ringside, it's not going to be the same with Bert not there,’ said Jack Hirsch, the president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.
‘Bert was obviously a showman in the way he did things outwardly, very flamboyant, but in quiet moments I found him to be an extremely modest individual.’
Sugar was born in Washington DC, in 1936. He graduated from the University of Maryland and went to law school at the University of Michigan. He passed the bar in his hometown and worked in advertising in New York City before he got into writing in the 1970s.