As BoxingScene.com reported earlier, well known boxing judge Harold Lederman passed away at the age of 79-years-old, after a long battle with cancer.
In 33 years as a judge, Lederman scored more than 100 world championship prizefights on six continents (they've yet to hold a title fight on Antarctica.) He announced his retirement as an active judge on Dec. 23, 1999.
Lederman was best known as the unofficial ringside judge for HBO Boxing. He began his association with the network in 1986 and worked as the "unofficial" judge for HBO's presentation of “World Championship Boxing,” “Boxing After Dark” and HBO Pay-Per-View. For the past few years, he has served as host of the enterprising HBO Sports digital feature, “Hey, Harold.”
At HBO, he has scored more than 1,000 fights in his iconic three-decade-plus career on the air.
Last year, HBO made a decision to drop boxing from the network.
Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports, reacted to the sad news.
“Harold Lederman had a lifelong love affair with the sport of boxing. Over the past fifty years he was universally respected and celebrated by the many people who make the sport what it is. Harold was happiest when seated ringside, studying the action and scoring the fight. When he joined HBO Sports in 1986 he added a new and critical component to live boxing coverage.," Nelson said.
"Viewers embraced his unique style and his command of the rules while his broadcast colleagues relished his enthusiasm and boundless energy. He was an historian and walking rulebook. He always had time for you whether you were a heavyweight champion or just a spectator looking to say hello. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Eileen and daughters Julie and Iris. There isn’t a person in the sport who won’t miss our Harold Lederman.”