HBO Boxing Unofficial Judge Harold Lederman Remembers Muhammad Ali
It took just one hour for 15,000 free tickets to sell out Friday's Muhammad Ali memorial service at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville. Sadly, some of these tickets are now being resold by scalpers who are looking to make a quick buck on the freebies.
On Monday, longtime HBO Boxing's unofficial judge joined Sportstalk on our Village Inn Hotline to share his memories of the former champ. Lederman, who once judged the controversial third fight in 1976 at Yankee Stadium between Ali and Ken Norton, told us that he did not stop getting calls for months from boxing fans upset with his 8-7 decision in favor of the three time world champion. Ali won by unanimous decision although many felt that Norton landed more punches and power shots to win the fight.
Lederman, who first saw Ali (then Cassius Clay) at Madison Square Garden in 1962 said "in the 70s, Ali had the opposition, wasn’t afraid to fight them, and wasn’t afraid to go to the guy’s hometown. He just fought the toughest guys out there." Lederman will be inducted this weekend in the non-participant category into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.