Mills Lane, one of the most famous referees in boxing history, has died at the age of 85. Lane, known for his catchphrase “Let’s get started”, refereed many famous fights, including the infamous “Battle of the Bites” when Evander Holyfield was bitten by Mike Tyson. ear.
Lane had a brief career as a professional boxer in the 1960s before becoming a referee. Lane has refereeed over 100 world title fights in his career. Lane’s last championship fight was in August 1998, when he accidentally pushed Bernard Hopkins out of the ring, breaking the clinch, injuring Hopkins. He worked out his last fight later that year.
In addition to Hopkins’ injury and the “Bite Battle”, Lane was the third man in the ring when Oliver McCall suffered a nervous breakdown against Lennox Lewis, and in the “Cheerleader’s Battle” between Riddick Bowie and Evander Holyfield when the man nearly skydived. into the ring before getting tangled up in a lighting rig and was eventually pulled into the crowd and attacked by Team Bowe.
The same year he retired, Lane began working as a judge on the TV show Judge Mills Lane. In real life, he has served as Chief Deputy Sheriff of the Investigative Service, District Attorney, and District Judge in Washoe County, Nevada.
Lane’s profile continued to rise when he was recreated in plasticine form as a referee on MTV’s “Celebrity Death Match”.
Lane was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013.