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Wayne Kelly praised by NYSAC

Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, right, punches title defender

Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, right, punches title defender Chris Byrd of the United States as American referee Wayne Kelly watches. (April 22, 2006) (Credit: AP)

New York State Athletic Commission chairwoman Melvina Lathan on Friday issued a statement paying tribute to referee Wayne Kelly, 63, of Garden City, who died suddenly of a heart attack on Wednesday. Here is Lathan's statement:

"We are all shocked and saddened by the loss of such an esteemed colleague and wonderful friend. Wayne was one of New York's finest referees. A true professional, always in command of the ring. He was the ref all other referees admired and strived to be. Wayne was loved by all and will be truly missed."
 

Tags: Wayne Kelly , Melvina Lathan

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