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Old 03-25-2012, 08:04 PM   #16
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This one is completely unexpected for me, much like Angelo Dundee, he seemed like he would be around forever.

The past 6 months have been full of big boxing losses.

I was lucky enough to meet Bert Sugar on a number of occasions. He was always one of the most fan-friendly, fun loving people around. Some of my favorite memories of my entire life were he and Angelo Dundee up on a stage swapping stories and having a ball together and with the audience. The two of them were truly a unique pair that can never be replicated.

One of the most distinctive memories I have of him is seeing him sign for a line of people, then shortly after walk off with each of his arms around 2 women (probably in the their 20s or 30s) shoulder's heading off to the bar.

I had no idea Bert was even deathly sick, he had been walking around fine and talking fine whenever I saw him.

Bert was a very unique character and will be greatly missed.

RIP Bert.

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Old 03-25-2012, 08:08 PM   #17
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@Bill: Thanks for sharing that, your passage along with the photo of Bert & Angelo together brought a tear to my eye.

RIP to both of them boxing legends.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:17 PM   #18
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Shit, i'd just done a whole marathon of ESPN classics with him on it over the weekend. RIP Bert Sugar.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:21 PM   #19
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Bold man with bold opinions. Sadly missed. RIP.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:23 PM   #20
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R.I.P Burt Sugar
One of the best personalities boxing has ever seen
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:31 PM   #21
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I have criticized him for years but also read his books and articles and now know he will be missed. He was truly and ambassador for the sport... a sport which really needs one now RIP.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:50 PM   #22
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Rip!!!
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:18 PM   #23
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Thank you for everything Bert. May you rest in peace brother.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:52 PM   #24
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Could spin a yarn like no one else.

Myth was always a more prefereable medium for him than stone cold analysis, but I say that in an endearing way. He made boxing writing epic.

Was one of the few writers I looked forward to reading when I was young and eager to learn about the sport.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:04 PM   #25
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Made a beeline for O'Lunneys
Everbodys in shock. This is horrable
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:52 PM   #26
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ATG BS'er and great character. I could've sworn he was at least ten years older. I'm sure there's a huge number of casual fans he helped turn into hardcore amateur historians. RIP, Bert.

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I can smell the smoke when I see and hear him speak. I hope his ghost haunts POS Jose Suckamain just for fun. (And Dung King, and other favored targets of his disdain and contempt.)
If there were an afterlife, I've got to think there'd be a massive ghost patrol around Jose, D.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:08 AM   #27
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So sorry to learn of his passing. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Boxing Writers' Dinner where George Foreman was being honored as Fighter of the Year in the mid-90s. I did not expect that I would like him, but when I approached him he was very friendly and signed an autograph for me. He was the publisher of Boxing Illustrated at the time, and I told him that BI was the best boxing magazine around, which I really felt was true at the time. He thanked me and said that he really needs to hear what people think of the magazine. He was an interesting man who will be missed. RIP Burt Sugar.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:50 AM   #28
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Sad to hear this.

He was a colorful figure for the sport. I had a chance to talk to him on the phone once before Tyson/Ruddock and he took the time to talk boxing with me. I believe he was the editor of Boxing Illustrated at that time.

RIP
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:57 AM   #29
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Boxing will miss him.

Say what you will, but he was fun to listen too.

As SS said, he follow more of the myth of boxing, than the facts.

But he was a great story teller. He was great to listen on that boxing show he did on Louis, Marciano, Ali, Robinson that ran a few hours.

Forgot the name of it.
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