Harold Lederman Passes Away at Age 79
Harold Lederman, longtime boxing judge and unofficial scorekeeper for HBO Boxing television broadcasts, has died. He was 79.
Boxing promoter Lou DiBella confirmed on social media that Lederman lost his battle to cancer.
Just learned that my friend of 30 years, Harold Lederman, has succumbed to the cancer he fought so hard. @shotfighter26 was one of a kind & there will never be another. He loved #boxing, fighters and his family unconditionally. He lived his life on his terms. Godspeed. #RIPHarold
— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) May 11, 2019
Lederman began his boxing judge career in 1967, and he received a license to judge title fights from the New York State Athletic Commission in June of that year. He judged over 100 championship bouts while maintaining a New York pharmacy practice.
Lederman received the “Good Guy Award” from the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2006 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2016.
In 1986, at the invitation of executive producer Ross Greenburg, Lederman joined the HBO World Championship Boxing team as its unofficial scorekeeper, highlighting his scoring of the fight between rounds and occasionally reading off the rules of the ring. His voice and signature “Okay, Jim!” liner after being introduced by commentator Jim Lampley were classic to fans of the product.
Lederman retired from active judging in 1999 but remained with HBO until the network’s decision to drop boxing at the end of 2018. His daughter, Julie, followed in his footsteps to become a boxing judge herself.
Original Story: Boxing Scene