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  • Sunday, June 29, 1997

    Lane late replacement, center of action

     LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Two days ago, Mills Lane figured he would be watching Mike Tyson fight on television. Saturday night, Lane ended up disqualifying him.
     The referee Mike Tyson wanted instead of Mitch Halpern ended up doing him no favors, waving an end to the fight as Tyson sat on his stool at the end of the third round.
     "There's a limit to everything, including bites," Lane said. "How many times did you want him to get bit?"
     Lane checked briefly with Nevada Athletic Commission director Marc Ratner at ringside after the third round ended, then went straight to Tyson's corner where he lectured him and called the fight.
     A disbelieving Tyson attempted to follow Lane but was held back as the MGM Grand Garden erupted in chaos.
     "I told Tyson after the first bite that one more like that and you're gone," Lane said. "Then he did it again."
     After working 96 title fights Lane thought nothing could shock him in the ring. That was until Tyson bit a chunk out of Holyfield's ear in the third round.
     After action resumed, Tyson then bit the other ear.
     "You could see the bite marks on his ear but the doctor said he could keep fighting," Lane said of the first bite.
     Lane was a last-minute replacement for Halpern, who took himself out of the fight after the athletic commission turned down a Tyson camp protest of his selection.
     He ended up with a brief fight but one full of butts, holding and, finally, biting.
     "I'm sure Mitch would have done the same thing," Lane said.
     


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