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Boxing Referee Lane Hospitalized

April 2, 2002

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Mills Lane, who has refereed some of boxing’s biggest fights, had a stroke in his home and was in the intensive care unit Tuesday.

Friends said the 64-year-old Lane was found unconscious about 11:30 a.m. Monday. He was taken to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and was scheduled for more tests.

``His condition has definitely shown improvement through the night,″ Dr. Philip Landis said in a statement released by the hospital.

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

Lane, a former NCAA boxing champion, was re-elected to a six-year term as a district judge in 1996.

As a referee, he gained national attention when he disqualified Mike Tyson for biting off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997.

Afterward, he began appearing on talk shows and 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, Let’s Get It On, 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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