Hall Of Fame Championship Judge Jerry Roth Dies At 81

Fellow Hall of Fame boxing referees Mills Lane and Steve Smoger also recently passed away.

International Boxing Hall Of Fame judge Jerry Roth has died at the age of 81.

Roth remained the judge of International Boxing for 34 years before announcing his retirement in 2015. He was included in the Hall Of Fame in 2017 after a career judging the biggest fights in the sport.

It’s unclear how he passed away.

“For over 30 years, Jerry Roth was one of boxing’s most respected judges. He officiated over 200 title bouts from ringside, including many legendary bouts involving the biggest names in the sport,” Hall of Fame executive director Edward Brophy said in announcing Roth’s death.

“The Hall of Fame offers our condolences to the Roth family and joins the boxing world in mourning his passing.”

In 1980, Roth started working as a judge in the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He judged 225 fights throughout his career. Apart from being a boxing judge, he worked as a commercial real estate broker.

Here are some of the high-profile fights that he judged:

  • Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield I and II
  • Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney
  • Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor I
  • Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns II
  • Leonard-Roberto Duran III
  • Marvin Hagler-John Mugabi
  • Hearns-Iran Barkley I and II
  • Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather

Roth’s final fight as a judge was between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Gamalier Rodriguez for the WBO featherweight title.

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