Ray Mitchell was a former world title judge, television commentator, and boxing historian who was involved in Australian boxing for many decades.
He was a judge in the world WBA/WBC bantamweight championship when Lionel Rose defended his title against Alan Rudkin in Melbourne, Victoria, on March 8, 1969. After fifteen closely contested rounds, the decision was split with referee and judge Vic Patrick scoring 70-63 for Rose. Judge Ron Walden had Rudkin winning 70-69. Mitchell had it a shutout, giving Rose every round 75-60. He later explained his scoring when he said his acute eyesight gave him the advantage of seeing every punch thrown.
Mitchell was a judge on the IBF junior flyweight championship when Muangchai Kittikasem outscored Tacy Macalos over twelve rounds in Bangkok, Thailand in 1989. And he was a referee at the Mecca of Australian boxing -- the Sydney Stadium (erected in 1908 for the world heavyweight title bout when Jack Johnson stopped Tommy Burns in 14 rounds) -- during the 1960s.
He worked as a television boxing commentator. He was also a boxing historian (and a member of the International Boxing Research Organization).
Mitchell loved boxing but never actually boxed himself. He was awarded the title "Member of the British Empire" (MBE) for his contribution to boxing.
Mitchell died November 29, 2005 in Sydney, Australia, aged 86 years.