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Boxing writer Bert Sugar dies

Was historian, commentator on sweet science

Bert Sugar, an iconic boxing writer and sports historian who was known for his trademark fedora and ever-present cigar, died Sunday of cardiac arrest in Mount Kisco, N.Y. He was 75 and had also been battling lung cancer.

Sugar was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. According to the hall’s website, Sugar wrote more than 80 books, including “The 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time.” He also appeared in a handful of films, including “The Great White Hype,” starring Samuel Jackson.

“Around ringside, it’s not going to be the same with Bert not there,” said Jack Hirsch, the president of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America.

Sugar was born in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the U. of Maryland and went to law school at the U. 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.

“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,” Hirsch said.

Donations may be made to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Survivors include Sugar’s wife, Suzanne, and a daughter.

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