LONDON, CMC – Former British heavyweight boxing champion Gary Mason has been killed in a road accident at Wallington on the southern edge of the British capital.
Just before dawn on Thursday, the 48-year-old Jamaica-born Mason was riding his bicycle, which came into collision with a van.
Mason was pronounced dead at the scene on the incident – the driver of the van was taken to a local police station on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed pending further inquiries.
Mason, an uncomplicated boxer with a strong chin, lost only one fight – to future World champion Lennox Lewis – and won 37 in a career from 1984 to 1994.
He won the British championship by knocking out fellow Jamaican Hughroy Currie in the fourth round at the Royal Albert in London in 1989, and in his second defence, lost it to Lewis on a seventh-round stoppage (cut eye) at the Wembley Arena two years later.