The life of an official can often be described as insulated. They go about their profession quietly and anonymously, except of course when a strike is argued, a line call questioned or a holding call missed. Anonymity, however, is not part of Harold Lederman's vocabulary. Never one to shy away from controversy, Lederman has revolutionized the role of a boxing judge with his work as the "unofficial" judge for HBO's presentation of "World Championship Boxing" and HBO Pay-Per-View.
As HBO's "unofficial boxing judge," Lederman has been the credible voice of scoring at prize-fight cablecasts since 1986, when executive producer Ross Greenburg brought the Bronx, New York native aboard to provide viewers with an expert opinion. Since the late 1960s, Lederman has honed his craft as one of the country's top boxing officials. In 33 years as a judge, Lederman scored more than 100 world championship prizefights on six continents. He announced his retirement as an active judge on Dec. 23, 1999. At HBO, he has scored more than 575 fights in his 21 years on the air. In October 1997, Lederman was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, the 30th anniversary of his appointment as a boxing judge.
A graduate of Columbia University, Lederman is a registered New York pharmacist, who has been in practice since 1982. Lederman is an inductee in the Rockland County, New York Sports Hall of Fame. He is also the first recipient of the Marvin Goldberg Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in boxing from the Max Kase Sports Lodge of B'nai B'rith. Lederman was honored in May of 2006 in Las Vegas with the Boxing Writers of America Association's "Good Guy" Award.
A published author on boxing, and award winning judge, Lederman lives with his wife and two daughters in Orangeburg, New York while continuing his quest to watch the perfect fight.
Posted 12:00 AM | Mar 9, 2009