Question: Why the hat?
Bert Sugar: It’s a panama in the summer. It’s a fedora in the
winter. So I change my hats with the season, also my drinks. But it’s
fun. I’m now identified by my hat, which means less people are wearing
them, and have been really since John Kennedy didn’t wear one at his
inauguration in ’61.
Question: What's your drink?
Bert Sugar: It’s vodka or tequila in the summer, a white
drink, white liquor. And Scotch, a good Scotch in the... I’m sorry, in
the summer, and a good Scotch in the winter; both of which taste good.
mean, I went to law school, I tell people I passed the Bar, it’s the
only bar I’ve ever passed.
Question: Were you in your prime, which boxer would you most want to
Bert Sugar: Well, if I could fight one person I could
take, I’d take somebody I could beat. If I were to take one person I
just want to watch them hit the hell out of me, it depends on if I want
them to rat-a-tat me like Willie Pep, who’d probably be behind me before
I look around, or if I wanted to see a star in the ring and stars in
the sky because they hit me so hard, Joe Lewis. I used so spar with
Ali. All I proved was my nickname as a kid when I boxed in college; I
was called “The Great White Hopeless.” I was terrible, but I loved it.
If I don’t make the last payment on these teeth, the dentist is
going to repo them, you know... I just love sports. And I love boxing
and baseball because it’s individual effort. I know there are eight
other men in baseball, but it comes down to one man, the pitcher, and
one man, the batter. And they’re competing. The same in boxing,
mano-a-mano. That way, I love both sports probably for the same
reason. And I know a lot of fans, baseball players who are boxing fans,
and vice versa because there is that similarity to the two, that’s it’s
a one-person achievement.
Recorded May 4, 2010
by Austin Allen