Michael Rosenthal’s first boxing story was one he would rather not have written.
Rosenthal was a recent hire at the Los Angeles Daily News when the great Sugar Ray Robinson died on April 12, 1989. The rookie reporter’s boss, aware of Rosenthal’s love of boxing, asked him to write Robinson’s obituary and he did the job.
“I remember my boss liked the obituary, as if I had passed a test. That was my start as a boxing writer,” Rosenthal said.
The obit led to assignments covering hundreds of local and then out-of-town fight cards, a weekly column that ran for 10 years in the Daily News and most recently a six-year stint as Editor-in-Chief of The Ring Magazine.