Westchester Resident, Boxing Legend Bert Sugar Dies

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Chappaqua resident Bert Sugar at the Chappaqua Library July 2011.
Chappaqua resident Bert Sugar at the Chappaqua Library July 2011. Photo Credit: Mike Esposito

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Boxing writer and historian Bert Sugar has died at the age of 75. ESPN reports that Sugar, who had been battling lung cancer, died of cardiac arrest at Northern Westchester Hospital Sunday, surrounded by family members.

Sugar, considered an authority on the world of boxing, was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. He authored dozens of books and attended hundreds of boxing matches, including the three featuring Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. He was often spotted in Chappaqua wearing his trademark fedora while smoking a cigar.

Memorial service plans are pending.

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Who's going to replace Bert Sugar? I want to know the history about
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This is my favorite i have a lot of respect for this. Thanks for sharing about the legend.

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Condolences to his family and relatives, I have a great respect to this man for the things he has done in boxing history. His books will inspire all the boxers to train hard for the brighter future just like this 2 guys (Pacquiao and Marquez), they will fight each other in the ring for the 4th time this December 8. I’m sure that many people will watch it via pacquiao marquez live stream because tickets in that fight will always be sold out.

We will miss his stunning news. I read most of his report and i think he was quite unique in his way. Actually we all have to go, dont know when. I am a fan of Manny Pacquiao and i bought Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 tickets. But even pacman don't know he will be able fight on december 8. May his soul rest in place.

Bert Sugar is a stunning boxing reporter, I love the way he delivers and his skills in imparting news to the audience. His presence will be a memorable one to the many people who loves to buy pacquiao vs marquez 4 tickets this upcoming December.

May he rest in peace. He's a great boxer during 1960's and almost no loses he took up of his competition but sad to say he died.cotto vs trout tickets

Haven't known Bert Sugar yet I've read his writings. I was impressed by his output for I've learned so much from him in the field of boxing. I forgot if he was able to create chavez vs martinez upcoming fight. Please update me here where he will be buried. Farewell Bert Sugar.

A legend, he will be missed by the boxing world. A real class act!!!

For those interested Bert Sugar funeral/memorial service will be 2:30pm Saturday at the First Congregational Church of Chappaqua. 210 Orchard Ridge Road Chappaqua, New York 10514 (914) 238-4411 www.fcc-chappaqua.org

May he rest in peace (with a drink in hand and cigar of course).

What can you say about a Bert Sugar? That he defined the word "character;" that his signature fedora and cigar made him instantly recognizable in any arena around the world and of course in the Chappaqua he loved; that he was one of the greatest and most prolific sportswriters this country as ever known; that we would chat for literally hours about Ali or one of the others we covered decades ago; that every time you ran into him he had just published another book, over 80; that he gladly turned in a JD and a career as a lawyer for an advertising slogan he would pen- one of the original 1960's "Madmen"; that he was a Terrapin and the affable black sheep of a distinguished DC family; that he never stopped talking about the most patient woman anyone has known, his beautiful bride he worshipped; that he appeared in five films including Night and the City, The Great White Hype, Rocky Balboa, Unforgivable Blackness and The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; that no one would be surprised to learn that Bert actually was Damon Runyan reincarnated; that he bought Boxing Illustrated; edited and published The Ring magazine; that he was a friend and neighbor I'll certainly never forget; that his stories were always longer and far more colorful than this intentionally verbose run-on sentence.

I'm going to celebrate your life by talking about you with anyone who cares to listen this week with a bourbon and a cigar in front of Quaker Hill Tavern. We already miss you Bert.