QUOTE (salvador @ Jun 12 2009, 07:25 PM)
I agree with most of that, but I would add Mitch Halpern to the best retired list (I know, I know but let's keep it light) and I would take Mills Lane off of it.
As far as Lane is concerned, I can't get the Tyson-Holyfield fight out of my mind. What kind of ref allows a fight to go on when someone has his ear bitten off? The only answer I can come up with is the dirty kind. Maybe I'm wrong about that, but it never made sense to me that that fight wasn't stopped immediately.
From the standpoint of the rules, Mills was absolutely correct on that call. The bite was an intentional foul and two points were deducted. He consulted with Marc Ratner immediately, then went to Dr. Flip Homansky and asked if Holyfield could continue. The answer was yes, so the fight went on. Even with an intentional foul, if the foul is not severe enough to prevent the stricken fighter from continuing on, there's no automatic DQ. For instance, remember Terry Norris going nuts on Luis Santana because he thought Santana was faking (which he ABSOLUTELY was the first time, maybe
not so much the second)? That's a nice example of why. Had Santana said he could continue, especially in the second fight, the fight would have gone on. No DQ.
Mills was right. As insane as that moment was, Mills got it right according to the black and white interpretation of the rules.
EDIT: What's interesting is how the end of the first Riddick Bowe-Elijah Tillery fight came out. Tillery was DQ'd for trying to kick Bowe, which probably should have just been a deduction considering the kick didn't really land flush... but NOTHING came about after Rock Newman pulled Tillery backward over the top rope. Rules. Weird.