One of boxing’s all-time good guys, Jay Edson refereed 49 world championship fights in his career, always hoping to get number 50. After retiring as a ref in 1979, he worked as site coordinator for Bob Arum and Top Rank, overseeing most of the daily operations leading up to a fight. His work as site coordinator brought him close to such fighters as Muhammad Ali, Marvin Hagler, Aaron Pryor, George Foreman and Oscar De La Hoya. Edson is a recipient of the James J. Walker Award for long and meritorious service to boxing. Following his death to pancreatic cancer at his home in Naples, Fla. in 2001 at the age of 77, the Jay Edson Award was founded, given to the person who “epitomises the best in boxing.“ George Foreman was the first recipient in 2003.
Inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010.