is a celebrated boxing judge
A boxing judge is responsible for judging the results of a boxing match, with as many as three judges typically present at ringside to score the bout and assign points to the boxers, based on punches that connect, defense, knockdowns, and other, more subjective, measures.A boxing match that has not...
and analyst. He began his career as a boxing judge in 1967 and joined the cast of HBO World Championship Boxing in 1986, where he has been ever since.
Education and career
Lederman attended Columbia University
Columbia University in the City of New York is a private, Ivy League university in Manhattan, New York City. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the...
and upon graduation earned a license from New York's State Athletic Commission to judge title fights on June 26, 1967. He judged (by his count) over a hundred title fights in every corner of the globe, all the while maintaining his pharmacy
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practice in New York. In 1986, HBO executive producer Ross Greenburg
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invited Lederman to join HBO's boxing show World Championship Boxing as an "expert commentator".
Lederman retired from active judging in 1999 but remained with the HBO show as "unofficial ringside scorer." His voice can be heard when official HBO commentator Jim Lampley
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introduces him with the line, "...and now the rules with our unofficial ringside scorer, Harold Lederman," after which he reads the rules of the fight (often beginning by saying "Ok, Jim...") and occasionally the rules for scoring fights to the audience and cuts back to Jim. During the fight, after the 3rd, 6th and 9th rounds and immediately after the fight, while waiting for the official scores, Lampley will have Lederman tell the fans what his unofficial card looks like, often calling it the Lederman card. HBO also runs a graphic at the beginning of each round with his preceding round's score.
Lederman is married with two daughters and lives in Orangeburg, New York
Orangeburg hamlet , in the Town of Orangetown Rockland County, New York, United States located north of Tappan; south of Blauvelt; east of Pearl River and west of Piermont...
. His daughter, Julie Lederman, has followed her father into the business as a ring side judge. When not commentating, Lederman can be frequently found as an ordinary spectator at ringside in boxing events in the Northeast. His expertise on boxing still commands frequent interviews from boxing press.http://www.opposingviews.com/i/harold-lederman-mayweather-not-ducking-manny-pacquiao http://www.eastsideboxing.com/boxing-news/Lederman-Interview.php
Awards and honors
- 1997: inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame
- Inductee, Rockland County, New York Sports HOF
- Marvin Goldberg Award, Bna'i Br'ith Max Kase Sports Lodge (outstanding contribution to boxing)
- 2006: "Good Guy Award", Boxing Writers Association of America