Every boxing fan who has been a boxing broadcast or even a casual who happened to have watched a big fight on HBO must have heard or seen Harold Lederman’s name. He has been the face of unofficial boxing scorecard panel for 32-years.
He passed away yesterday at the age of 79 after battling Cancer at Hospice Hospital in New York City. Harold Lederman has judged over 100 world title bouts in six continents and inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2016.
Peter Nelson who is the vice president of HBO sports issued a statement about the passing out of legendary boxing personality. (Via Boxingscene)
“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.”
Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. expressed his grief over the death of his colleague. Both Roy Jones and Lederman have together worked ringside for HBO.
My deepest condolences go out to the Ledderman family. We all loved and will sadly miss Harold, ones of boxing favorite voices and greatest people. We all love u Harold. God Bless you.
— Roy Jones Jr. (@RealRoyJonesJr) May 11, 2019
Lou DiBella, CEO of DiBella Entertainment also expressed his grief on social media.
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