MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. - Longtime boxing writer and historian Bert Sugar died Sunday at a Westchester, New York hospital. He was 74.
Sugar, known for his trademark fedora and cigar, was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.
According to the Hall of Fame's website, Sugar was a graduate of the University of Maryland and attended law school at Michigan. He briefly practiced law after passing the bar in Washington, DC and also worked in advertising before pursuing his passion for boxing.
Sugar was an editor for Boxing Illustrated, served as editor-in-chief for The Ring and founded Fight Game magazine in 1998. He penned over 80 books, including the 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time.
"Bert Sugar was a truly colourful character in the sport of boxing," said Hall of Fame executive director Edward Brophy in a statement on the website. "His quick wit and amazing knowledge about boxing made him a fan favourite as a writer and as a commentator. As the boxing community mourns his passing, the Hall remembers him and his contributions to the sport."
Sugar also appeared in several boxing movies, was a contributor to HBO's boxing broadcasts and was the recipient of the Boxing Writers Association's Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism.