Sad news has hit the world of boxing as renowned boxing referee Eddie Cotton has passed away.

Eddie had become hospitalized due to Covid-19 and lost his life to this disease.

He was aged 72. Eddie was living in New Jersey and had refereed actively up until 2014.

He was the referee for the world heavyweight championship fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in 2002.

Since his passing tributes have come pouring in from around the world of the sweet science:

Very sad news. Thoughts and prayers with the loved ones of Eddie Cotton at this time.

Rest in peace.

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Here was Eddie refereeing in action in one of the biggest fights of all time in the heavyweight division.

The heavyweight title fight between Lewis and Tyson in Memphis: