Wall Street Sugar Something Is Wrong Bert

Updated: August 19, 2007


Bert Sugar and

The SWEET Science

of Boxing go Together

Sugar is a Class Act in

the often disreputable

Sport of Fist de Cuffs

SO WHAT’S GOING ON HERE SUGAR. To much fanfare NYMEX the world’s pre-eminent futures trading exchange announced an upcoming Charity Boxing Event in New York City this coming November 1st with Bert Sugar organizing the whole show. In fact he got to RING the Closing Bell at NYMEX this past week.


There were lots of publicity photos and a group of Boxers – we should say Financial Industry Heavies who will morp into Boxers for a Night for Charity. Except that among all these Fearsome Looking Dudes many of them wealthy Wall Street traders it appear there were NO African Americans ??

Hey Sugar this is BOXING

not GOLF or even


You of all people should know better.. A Boxing Tournament without any BLACK Fighters is like well coffee without SUGAR. Quite Bitter ! Now we don’t want to be bitter at you Bert but here in the Box we are always ready to pounce when BLACK athletes get the very short end of the Stick.. And it looks like what is going on here,

Doesn’t it SUGAR ??

Wait a second who is

Bert Sugar anyway ??

let Wikipedia explain

“Bert Randolph Sugar (born June 7, 1936 in Washington, D.C.) is a well known boxing writer. Among his trademarks are his ever-present cigar and fedora. Sugar graduated from the University of Maryland and earned a law degree and MBA from the University of Michigan. After passing the bar exam, he worked in the advertising business in New York City.”

” Sugar bought Boxing Illustrated 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 , but changed the name to International Boxing Digest in 1995. In 1998 he founded Bert Sugar’s Fight Game.”

” Sugar has written over 80 books, mostly on boxing history. He has also appeared in several films playing himself, including Night and the City, The Great White Hype and Rocky Balboa (film). He has been called Runyonesque (in reference to Damon Runyon) by Bob Costas, and “one of the foremost historians alive,” by the Boston Globe newspaper. Along with Lou Albano he helped write The Complete Idiots Guide to Pro Wrestling. Sugar was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in January 2005. Sugar’s Great Uncle is the late legendary Boston Celtic coach Red Auerbach.”

END of Wikipedia entry .

Sugar is THE Boxing Authority. There probably isn’t a Professional Boxer of the last 50 years Sugar has not seen Fight. And there are NO Greats that he does not know or if they are Late who he did not know. And SUGAR KNOWS AS WELL AS ANYONEBLACK Fighters define “his” Sport.

Now we’ll grant Sugar

some slack but not much

YES it isn’t easy to find

BLACK Fighters on

WALL Street but

you sure can IF

you try Sugar !

Now for starters begin by reading an outstanding book about African American throughout the history of Wall Street to put you in the proper frame of mind. Try the 2002 book by Gregory Bell titled ” I n the Black: A History of African Americans on Wall Street..”

Here is a description of the book …

” Here, for the first time, is the fascinating history of the African American experience on Wall Street as told by Gregory Bell, the son of the man who founded the first black owned member firm of the New York Stock Exchange. A successful finance professional in his own right with close ties to leading figures in both the black financial and civil rights communities,”

” Bell tells the stories of the pioneers who broke down the ancient social and political barriers to African American participation in the nation s financial industry. With the help of profiles of many important black leaders of the past fifty years including everyone from Jesse Jackson and Maynard Jackson, former mayor of Atlanta, to E. Stanley O Neal, CEO and President of Merrill Lynch, and Russell Goings, founder of First Harlem Securities and cofounder of First Harlem Securities.”

” He shows how in the years following World War II the growing social, political, and financial powers of African Americans converged on Wall Street. Set to publish during Black History Month, In the Black will be warmly received by African American business readers and general readers alike.”

END of book description

Sugar then better informed PICK UP THE PHONE and call Stanley O’Neal CEO of Merrill Lynch, and then PICK UP THE PHONE AGAIN and call Ken Chenault, CEO of American Express, Both headquartered within sight of Wall Street in Lower Manhattan..

GUARANTEED they will recommend some young African American Wall Street execs – the few there are – some of them more than eager to jump in the Ring for CHARITY and Bert SUGAR.

We’re more than happy to assist

to make sure you don’t

embarrass yourself

come November 1st

Bert SUGAR it’s

Our Pleasure

Whenever you want to reach us with comments or better yet an idea for a topic for the Box ……. blackbox@blackathlete.net