Harold Lederman one of boxing’s most recognizable personalities passed away on May 11th 2019 at age 79 due to a long battle with cancer. He was born January 26th 1940 and began his career as a judge starting in 1967. Then in 1986 became a fixture on HBO’s Championship boxing as their “Unofficial” scorer and expert commentator.
Married with two daughters, one “Julie” is a well-known boxing judge in her own right, during his judging career judge Lederman overseen high profile bouts such as.
Jessie James Leija versus Azuma Nelson, Herbie Hide versus Michael Bentt, Virgil Hill versus Frank Tate, Nigel Benn versus Doug Dewitt, Evander Holyfield versus Henry Tillman, Evander Holyfield versus Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Michael Spinks versus Larry Holmes, Marlon Starling versus Floyd Mayweather, Esteban De Jesus versus Roberto Duran and Emile Griffith versus Dick Tiger.
In 2006 Lederman won the Boxing Writers Association of America “Good Guy Award”, 1997 was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and 2016 the International Boxing Hall of fame.
While HBO Championship boxing aired its last broadcast in December of 2018, Lederman remained active in the business making appearances. He will be missed greatly by the boxing community.