The top ten referees throughout boxing history.

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  1. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

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    1. Arthur Mercante Sr 2. Harry Gibbs 3. Mills Lane 4. Mitch Halpern 5.John Thomas 6. Carlos Padilla 7. Octavio Meyran 8. Joe Wallis 9. Rudy Ortega 10. Larry Hazzard Sr
     
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  2. sweetsci

    sweetsci Active Member Full Member

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    I'm a big fan of Mills Lane and Mitch Halpern. Mitch left us way too soon.

    I've told this story before here... in 1995 I was dating a woman and I went over to her house to watch the Lewis - Morrison fight. She was in no way a boxing fan, but she watched it with me. When the fight was getting ready to start she goes, "Oh my God! That's Mills!" I'm like, "Yeah..." Turns out she'd worked in the Reno DA's office where Mills Lane was a DA. She apparently knew him fairly well but had no idea he was an internationally renowned boxing referee.
     
  3. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

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    He was a great referee, no nonsense.
     
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  4. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    The best referees generally are the ones you never much notice. They are able to enforce the rules without being part of the spotlight.

    I always thought Frank Cappuccino was really good and got little notice.

    Mills was very, very good, and he liked the spotlight very, very much.
     
  5. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I loved it when he said, Let's Get It On.
     
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    Are Jay Nady, Eddie Cotton, Wayne Kelly, Rudy Battle, and Mitch Halpern Hall of Famers of the future, Canastota?
     
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  7. Toney F*** U

    Toney F*** U Boxing junkie Full Member

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    What? Stopping fights late is terrible! I think premature stoppages are better than boxers having permanent brain damage
     
  8. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I totally agree, remember when Ray Mancini killed Duk Koo Kim on live television in 1982, that was terrible. Look at all these fighters who are punch drunk, very sad.
     
  9. clum

    clum New Member Full Member

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    I came into this thread just to mention him. You beat me to it. Outstanding ref. Never saw him make a wrong move, but like you said he flew under the radar. Maybe he liked it that way.
     
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  10. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    He was basically saying “Hey everybody, look at me.”
     
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  11. Johnny_B

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    You don't have the right to choose for them.
    I believe the best idea is to ask each boxer before a fight when he wants the ref to intervene, then put them sign a paper with their choice, so that the ref is absolved of any blaim if a boxer doesn't want the fight stopped early and he gets brain damage.
     
  12. sweetsci

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    That's an interesting proposition. The referee, of course, would have to take not only the fighter's words into account, but the fighter's body language when answering the question. And the question should probably be asked and answered one on one, so the fighter isn't feeling like he has to bluster in front of his entourage, i.e. "Don't stop this fight unless I'm dead!", when what he really is thinking, "I've got kids and a family. I don't want to be permanently injured trying to provide for them."
     
  13. Mendoza

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    Siler had fantastic ability and command of the fighters. I liked his sweeping count with his had, however I do find him a little biased.
     
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  14. sweetsci

    sweetsci Active Member Full Member

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    Maybe. But he apparently didn't talk, much less brag, about his refereeing at his day job. I know I'd be like, "After work I have to fly to Vegas to referee the Holyfield - Tyson rematch!"
     
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  15. Johnny_B

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    The ref would see what the boxers chose/the paper they signed before the fight and they'd get to talk to them. so if a boxer choses to never be waved off unless he's unconscious ("Don't stop this fight unless I'm dead!"), that's what the ref would have to do during the fight.