SBD/March 26, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Boxing Writer Bert Sugar Dies; Remembered Fondly For Impact On Sport
Published March 26, 2012
FOND FAREWELL: USA TODAY’s Bob Velin wrote with his “fedora and ever-present cigar, Sugar was an instantly recognizable figure who loved to talk, and he could talk and write about boxing like few others.” There “weren't many better ambassadors of the sport than Sugar” (USATODAY.com, 3/25). Former HBO Sports President ROSS GREENBURG said, “When you lose a Bert Sugar you lose a piece of boxing history.” He added, “His passing will leave a large void in the sport. He was everybody’s go-to guy” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/26). ESPN N.Y.’s Wallace Matthews wrote Sugar’s cigar “was as much a part of his persona as the hat that was always on his head, and the joke that was always on his lips.” He may “well have been the last of a breed, that typically New York wiseguy who possessed one priceless and seemingly vanishing skill: The ability to tell a story at a bar” (ESPN.com, 3/25). ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael wrote Bert was “a brilliant guy and a law school graduate, but he never seemed to take things too seriously” (ESPN.com, 3/25). BOXINGSCENE.com’s David Greisman wrote, “We will remember Sugar fondly. As with his signature cigars, he lit up boxing” (BOXINGSCENE.com, 3/25).