- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Art Lurie, a top boxing judge and referee in Nevada who worked more than 200 world championship fights, died late Thursday at the age of 96.

Former Las Vegas Mayor Ron Lurie told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/1tk423M ) that his father had been battling cancer and died at a Las Vegas hospice.

He says his father would have continued judging because he loved boxing, but his eyesight failed and he could only see out of one eye. He says his father “liked to say he could still judge a fight with one eye better than most of the other judges’ two (eyes).”

Former Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Marc Ratner says Lurie helped the sport become more popular in Nevada and served multiple times as a commission member. The commission regulates boxing in the state.

Lurie’s funeral will be private.

He and his wife, Ellie, were set to celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary in September.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com