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Lane synonymous with unyielding fairness

Mills Lane is known by many to be the most impartial and knowledgeable of referees, though he might be known best for unusual occasions, Kieran Mulvaney writes.

Originally Published: May 12, 2006
By Kieran Mulvaney | Special to ESPN.com

Mills Lane had not even expected to be in Las Vegas on the night that made him famous.

While Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield battled it out on June 28, 1997, in a rematch of a bout that Holyfield had shockingly won by 11th-round TKO 7½ months previously, Lane planned to be home in Reno, Nev., playing a few hands of poker.

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But Tyson and his promoter Don King protested the appointment of referee Mitch Halpern, who had been the third man during their initial ...

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