Longtime boxing judge, HBO personality Harold Lederman dead at 79

Floyd Mayweather Jr. kneels in the centre of the ring at the end of his welterweight title fight against Andre Bertoin 2015. (John Locher/AP)

Harold Lederman, who judged fights for more than a half century and was a mainstay of HBO’s boxing telecasts, has died at the age of 79.

Lederman, a pharmacist by trade, became widely known as the unofficial scorer for HBO on some of the biggest fights of the times. He was a member of the broadcast team for HBO from 1986 until recently when the cable network stopped showing the sport.

Before joining HBO, Lederman was a ringside judge in the New York and New Jersey area, scoring major fights like Muhammad Ali-Ken Norton and Michael Spinks-Gerry Cooney. He was later known on HBO for explaining his scoring to viewers as fights progressed, as well as his signature voice in responding "OK, Jim" to play-by-play announcer Jim Lampley.

Lederman, who died Saturday, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2016. His daughter, Julie, is also a boxing judge.

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