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Legendary Nevada boxing referee Mills Lane passes away

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Boxing icon Mills Lane who officiated among the greatest matches died Tuesday in Reno. He was 85 years previous.

“The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame mourns the passing of great referee Mills Lane,” said a put up on the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s Twitter web page. “A longtime resident of Reno, Mills was a district attorney and later District Court Judge in Washoe County. The courthouse in Reno now bears his name. He refereed many of the biggest fights in boxing…”

Lane officiated a whole bunch of matches however in all probability his most well-known one was the night time Mike Tyson bit a piece out of Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997.

Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing remembered Lane in an interview with 8 News Now on Tuesday.

“Mills Lane epitomized everything that was good about the sport of boxing,” Arum mentioned.

When he thinks about Lane, integrity involves thoughts. “Pretty universally, in a sport where there’s always a lot of bickering, he was universally respected and admired,” Arum mentioned. He mentioned either side may at all times depend on a good shake from Lane when he refereed a battle.

Arum mentioned the final time he noticed Lane was earlier than a stroke ended his career as a boxing official in 2002.

“Mills is a credit to the sport and was the best referee ever. No matter what side you were on you always respected his ability and integrity as a ref. We will miss him,” Arum mentioned.

Before Lane refereed boxing matches, Lane was a boxer and even competed within the U.S. Olympic Trials for the 1960 video games. His career as a boxer didn’t final lengthy, he began officiating within the early Nineteen Sixties.

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