Mitch Halpern

Mitchell Howard Halpern (July 14, 1967 – August 20, 2000) was an American boxing referee who officiated some of the sport's biggest matches.wikipedia
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Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II

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Halpern was scheduled to referee Holyfield–Tyson II, what would come to be known as the infamous "Bite Fight", but Tyson's co-manager, John Horne vehemently opposed.
The referee officiating the fight was Mills Lane, who was brought in as a late replacement when Tyson's camp protested the original selection of Mitch Halpern (who officiated the first fight) as the referee.

Mills Lane

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Mills Lane was subsequently chosen to be the referee.
Mitch Halpern was supposed to referee the fight, but Tyson's camp protested.

Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield

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The referee officiating the fight was Mitch Halpern.

Boxing

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Mitchell Howard Halpern (July 14, 1967 – August 20, 2000) was an American boxing referee who officiated some of the sport's biggest matches.

Referee (boxing)

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Mitchell Howard Halpern (July 14, 1967 – August 20, 2000) was an American boxing referee who officiated some of the sport's biggest matches.

Richard Steele (referee)

Richard Steele
Halpern was trained and mentored by veteran boxing referee Richard Steele.

Marc Ratner

Marc Ratner, who was the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission during the time that Halpern was a referee commented, "There are certain officials in certain sports who are naturals...Mitch has a real feel for it."

Nevada Athletic Commission

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Marc Ratner, who was the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission during the time that Halpern was a referee commented, "There are certain officials in certain sports who are naturals...Mitch has a real feel for it."

World Boxing Association

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These included the first Mike Tyson–Evander Holyfield fight for the WBA Heavyweight title at the MGM Grand Garden in 1996 in which Holyfield won by TKO in the 11th round in a surprise upset.

Heavyweight

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These included the first Mike Tyson–Evander Holyfield fight for the WBA Heavyweight title at the MGM Grand Garden in 1996 in which Holyfield won by TKO in the 11th round in a surprise upset.

MGM Grand Garden Arena

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These included the first Mike Tyson–Evander Holyfield fight for the WBA Heavyweight title at the MGM Grand Garden in 1996 in which Holyfield won by TKO in the 11th round in a surprise upset.

Knockout

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These included the first Mike Tyson–Evander Holyfield fight for the WBA Heavyweight title at the MGM Grand Garden in 1996 in which Holyfield won by TKO in the 11th round in a surprise upset.

The Ring (magazine)

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The fight was voted by Ring magazine as both Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year.

Fight of the Year

The fight was voted by Ring magazine as both Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year.

The Ring magazine Upset of the Year

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The fight was voted by Ring magazine as both Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year.

Michael Moorer

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A little over 4 months later on November 8, 1997, Halpern refereed the rematch between Evander Holyfield and Michael Moorer in which Moorer lost by TKO in the 8th round.

International Boxing Federation

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Holyfield retained his WBA title, while gaining the IBF Heavyweight belt.

Championship belt

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Holyfield retained his WBA title, while gaining the IBF Heavyweight belt.

Gabriel Ruelas

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Halpern refereed the match between Gabriel Ruelas and Jimmy Garcia for the WBC super featherweight title on May 6, 1995.

Jimmy Garcia

Halpern refereed the match between Gabriel Ruelas and Jimmy Garcia for the WBC super featherweight title on May 6, 1995.

World Boxing Council

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Halpern refereed the match between Gabriel Ruelas and Jimmy Garcia for the WBC super featherweight title on May 6, 1995.

Featherweight

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Halpern refereed the match between Gabriel Ruelas and Jimmy Garcia for the WBC super featherweight title on May 6, 1995.

Head injury

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Ruelas won the fight by TKO, but the match is mostly remembered because Garcia died in a hospital two weeks later from brain damage sustained in the fight.

Richard Green (referee)

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Halpern's experience was similar to boxing referee Richard Green — who officiated the WBA Lightweight title match between Ray Mancini and Duk Koo Kim in 1982.

Lightweight

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Halpern's experience was similar to boxing referee Richard Green — who officiated the WBA Lightweight title match between Ray Mancini and Duk Koo Kim in 1982.