Mills Lane, referee of Holyfield-Tyson ‘bite fight’, dies at age of 85

  • Lane was also a Marine, boxer, prosecutor and TV judge
  • Referee had been in poor health since suffering stroke

Mills Lane, the referee who disqualified Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield’s ears in the 1997 world heavyweight title fight, has died at the age of 85.

Lane’s son, Tommy, told the Reno Gazette-Journal that his father, who had been in poor health since suffering a stroke 20 years ago, died peacefully at a hospice in the Nevada city on Tuesday.

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Tyson Fury turns focus to Usyk after dominating Derek Chisora to retain title

  • Referee stops fight in 10th round after Chisora takes beating
  • Fury squares up to Ukrainian after retaining world title belt

Tyson Fury pummelled Derek Chisora in bleakly predictable fashion when he stopped the brave but hopelessly outclassed challenger in the 10th round at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night. Chisora, who is 38 and been in far too many battles for his own good, was saved when the referee, Victor Loughlin, finally stepped in to bring the horrible beating to a merciful ending. It was a stoppage that could have been made far earlier but Don Charles, Chisora’s trainer, refused to rescue his own fighter.

Fury kissed his opponent, and friend outside the ring, in admiration and soon led the crowd in singing Chisora’s name in raucous appreciation of all he had withstood. Chisora’s right eye was almost sealed shut and he was still bleeding from the mouth. The crowd, some of whom booed shamefully when the fight ended, seemed to have little thought of the far more dangerous damage that had been done to Chisora’s brain by the vicious punches Fury landed with searing accuracy.

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