Mills Lane, probably the most well-known referees in boxing historical past, has died at age 85. Lane, well-known for his catchphrase “Let’s get it on,” refereed many well-known fights, together with the infamous “Bite Fight” when Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear.
Lane had a quick profession as knowledgeable boxer within the Sixties earlier than turning into a referee. Lane refereed greater than 100 world title fights in his profession. The last championship battle labored by Lane got here in August 1998, when he by accident shoved Bernard Hopkins out of the ring whereas breaking apart a clinch, injuring Hopkins. He labored his last battle later that 12 months.
In addition to the Hopkins damage and the “Bite Fight,” Lane was the third man within the ring when Oliver McCall suffered a nervous breakdown towards Lennox Lewis and on the “Fan Man Fight” between Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield when a person practically parachuted into the ring earlier than getting tangled within the lighting rig and ultimately was pulled into the group and attacked by Bowe’s group.
The similar 12 months as his retirement, Lane started serving as a choose on the tv present “Judge Mills Lane.” He held real-life positions as Chief Deputy Sheriff of Investigative Services, District Attorney and District Judge in Nevada’s Washoe County.
Lane’s profile continued to be elevated when he was recreated in claymation kind because the referee on MTV’s “Celebrity Death Match.”
Lane was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013.