Originally created 04/03/02

Boxing referee Mills Lane has stroke

RENO, Nev. -- Mills Lane, the Georgia native who has refereed some of boxing's biggest fights, was hospitalized in intensive care Tuesday after suffering a stroke.

Friends said the 64-year-old Lane, originally from Savannah, was found unconscious in his home Monday morning and was taken to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.

"His condition has definitely shown improvement through the night," Dr. Philip Landis said.

Lane's wife, Kay, was out of town when her husband was stricken.

Lane, a former district judge and NCAA boxing champion, gained national attention when he disqualified Mike Tyson for biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear in 1997.

He resigned from the bench in 1998 to start a TV show and open a Reno law firm.

In December 2000, he began a boxing promotion company with his three law partners and Tony Holden Productions of Oklahoma.

The company staged its first bout in April 2001, the same month his syndicated TV show, "Judge Mills Lane," was canceled.


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