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Mills Lane, who refereed Tyson Ear Bite Fight, dies at 85

“It was almost like he wanted to get knocked out,” Mr. Lane said after the fight. “He wasn’t putting up any semblance of defense so I thought that was it.”

He also disqualified Henry Akinwande in a fight that year against Lewis for excessive clinch and holding.

And in 1998, Mr Lane accidentally pushed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins through the ropes when he tried to break the headlock Robert Allen was holding Hopkins in. Hopkins was injured and the fight was declared a no contest.

“It was just one of those things that happens,” Mr. Lane said after the fight, one of his last.

Mills Bee Lane III was born on November 12, 1937 in Savannah, Georgia. His father, Remer, moved his family after World War II to a plantation in South Carolina where he raised cattle. His mother, Louise (Harris) Lane, was a homemaker. Remer chose not to enter the family business, Citizens and Southern Bank, as the young Mills did.

He listened to boxing on the radio and, after graduating from boarding school, joined the Marines in 1956, where he learned to box. While stationed in Okinawa, he won the Far East Welterweight Championship from the Marines. Determined to continue as a boxer, he enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno, and won the 1960 NCAA welterweight title.

Although he failed to make the 1960 Olympic team, he quickly turned professional. He lost his first fight but won the next 10 (one of which avenged his defeat) before retiring in 1967, knowing he did not have enough talent to be champion.

By then, he had earned a business degree from the University of Nevada in 1963 and had started arbitrating. He received his law degree from the University of Utah in 1970.

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