One of the boxing world’s iconic referees has departed earthly life. Mills Lane passed away at the age of 85.
Lane’s refereeing career spanned three decades, being part of relevant bouts and several headline fights in his career.
Mills is perhaps best remembered by longtime boxing fans for refereeing the rematch between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, which became world famous for the 1997 ear-biting.
Before deciding to become a referee, Lane was a professional boxer with a 10-1 record. His last fight in the sport was in 1967, when he defeated Buddy Know by unanimous decision.
After retiring from refereeing in 1998, Lane became a pop culture figure for his role on the MTV animated series Celebrity Deathmatch.
His well-known phrase “Let’s get it on!”, became customary to be heard before every fight.
Months later the same year, he had his own TV justice show, titled Judge Mills Lane, which ran for three seasons.
Lane was a member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. His popularity did not go unnoticed and he released his autobiographical book Let’s Get It On: Tough Talk from Boxing’s Top Ref and Nevada’s Most Outspoken Judge, where he recounted his experiences in the cradle of boxing.
In 2002, he suffered a stroke and was never the same. The cause of his death has not been disclosed. From MMA.uno we send our condolences to his friends and family.