HBO Remembers Boxing Analyst Harold Lederman

The legendary color commentator passed away at the age of 79.


Harold Lederman, the longtime judge, broadcaster and analyst that covered over a thousand fights on HBO Boxing telecasts died Saturday, May 11, 2019. Lederman was 79.

Lederman joined HBO Sports in 1986, adding a critical component to HBO’s live boxing coverage as an unofficial scorer. He covered fights through the close of HBO’s boxing run in 2018, adding his unique insights as an experienced judge and unmatched passion for the sport.

“Harold Lederman had a lifelong love affair with the sport of boxing,” said Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. “Over the past fifty years, he was universally respected and celebrated by the many people who make the sport what it is. Viewers embraced his unique style and his command of the rules while his broadcast colleagues relished his enthusiasm and boundless energy.”

Nelson added, “He always had time for you whether you were a heavyweight champion or just a spectator looking to say hello.”

Jim Lampley, who joined Lederman at HBO in 1988, praised his former colleague’s infectious affection for the sport and for others. “It was one of the greatest privileges of my broadcasting career to work with Harold Lederman, whose unique humanity and lifelong love of boxing brought joy to the hearts of millions of fans, show after show after show,” said Lampley.

“No one in the sport had more friends, because no one in the sport was more deserving of friends. As deeply saddened as I am by his passing, I am equally deeply joyful that he made it to the final bell on December 8. Now his scorecard is complete.”

Lederman is survived by his wife Eileen and his daughters Julie and Iris.


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