Bert Randolph Sugar (born
June 7, 1936, in Washington,
D.C.) is a boxing writer.
Among his trademarks are his ever-present cigar
currently resides in Chappaqua, New York
graduated from the University of Maryland and earned a JD and
MBA from the University of Michigan in 1961.
After passing the bar exam, he
worked in the advertising business in New York City. In 1959 he
founded the University of Michigan Rugby Football Club.
Sugar bought Boxing
magazine in 1969 and was editor until 1973.
From 1979–1983 he was editor and publisher of The Ring.
In 1988 he once again began
editing Boxing Illustrated
. In 1998 he founded
Bert Sugar's Fight
Sugar has written over 80 books, mostly on boxing history. Various
boxing books that Sugar has written include Great Fights
Bert Sugar on Boxing
, 100 Years of Boxing
Sting like a Bee
), The Ageless Warrior
(Preface, with Mike Fitzgerald
) and Boxing's
. Sugar was called "The Greatest Boxing
Writer of the 20th Century" by the International Veterans Boxing
In May 2009 he and Running Press
published Bert Sugar's Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History
of America's Greatest Game
He has also appeared in several films playing himself, including
Night and the
, The Great White
. He has been called Runyonesque
reference to Damon Runyon
) by Bob Costas
, and "one of the foremost historians
alive," by the Boston Globe
Along with Lou Albano
he helped write
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pro Wrestling.
He writes a
regular sports column for Smoke Magazine, a quarterly cigar
elected to the International Boxing Hall of
Fame in January 2005.