Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Gary Mason: The Boxing World Lost a Gentle Giant

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

BOXING has lost a truly loveable character with the tragic death of gentle giant Gary Mason.

Former British heavyweight champion Gary was killed in a cycling accident in south London on Thursday at the age of 48.

He was one of the most likeable boxers it has ever been my pleasure to meet over the years.

I don’t think I ever heard anyone say anything against him and, likewise, neither did he bad-mouth anyone.

He was always approachable and helpful with no request, journalistic or otherwise, too much for him.

One of the most engaging boxers around, he still had a smile even when he fell on hard times for a spell after his ring career was over.

In the ring, he was very talented, but somewhat underrated in a career where his only defeat was against Lennox Lewis.

He fought 38 times, beginning with a first-round win over Al Malcolm in October 1984.

The Jamaican-born son of a carpenter then embarked on an unbeaten run of 28 fights that led to a tilt at the British title.

He gained a fourth-round win over Hughroy Currie early in 1989 to claim the title that had been vacated by Horace Notice.

Arguably the best win of his career came against the powerful Tyrell Biggs in October 1989.

Biggs had only two losses on his record at the time – against ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson and Francesco Damiani.

But Mason inflicted a third defeat on Biggs, punching his way to a great seventh-round knockout at the Royal Albert Hall.

Mason was then forced into a short retirement after suffering a detached retina in his right eye during a points win over Everett Martin in March 1990.

Then, after a comeback win over James Pritchard, he was pitched in with Lennox Lewis for the British and European titles in 1991.

It was a bout in which he frequently troubled Lewis, but the future world champ triumphed via a seventh-round stoppage.

Mason had two more contests – both in the States – after the Lewis fight, his last being in September 1994, going out with a win.

Yes, the boxing world will be a much poorer place without the gentle giant.

Tags: Gary Mason image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by project xxx1 on 01-08-2011

R.I.P big man,very sad indeed

Comment by lazy on 01-08-2011

May he rest in peace!

Comment by jri9d0 on 01-08-2011

My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

Comment by Ray* on 01-08-2011

[B]RIP, I heard he was hit by a Van while cycling on his bicycle...Sad.[/B]

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines DeGale: Badou Jack is Not in My Class at All - I Want Rematch! De La Hoya: If Lemieux Wins - Canelo Fight Possible if No Golovkin Erickson Lubin's Future is Up To Him Murata: N'dam First, Ultimately Shooting for GGG-Canelo Winner 'PBC on FOX' Tripleheader Averaged 1.48 Million Viewers Saturday Pulev: It Was Tough Decision To Withdraw From Joshua Fight Bermane Stiverne Signs Contract For Deontay Wilder Rematch Anthony Joshua Admits He's in "No Rush" To Fight in United States Showtime Viewership Went Down During Lara-Gausha Main Event Luis Nery Sets Return, Faces Arthur Villanueva on November 4 Rey Vargas To Defend WBC Belt in HBO Co-Feature To Cotto vs. Ali News: Hall of Fame Update, Steve Forbes Sets Card, More Damien Vazquez, Blair Cobbs, Tye Brooks Win in Mexico HBO Sports Head: I Commend Cotto For Facing a Young, Hungry Ali Saunders vs. Lemieux Deal Reached For December 16, HBO Photos: Miguel Cotto, Sadam Ali - Go Face To Face in New York Canelo-Golovkin: Golden Boy’s Prez: Open to Rematch in March Joshua: Takam is Tough, Late Switch Has Not Affected Camp Malignaggi: I'm The Biggest Fight, Biggest Money For McGregor! Photos: Joe Joyce, Ian Lewison Grinding Hard at Workouts Hearn Feels Takam Will Be More Durable Than Pulev in Joshua Bout Ricky Hatton Confident That Zhakiyanov Will Shock Burnett Team Sauerland, SPORT1 Agree on Three Year TV Deal World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Final in Saudi Arabia Ray Beltran Manager is Fired Up - Tears Apart Terry Flanagan David Benavidez: Golovkin Not Slowing Down, A lot of Years Left Spence: Lamont Peterson Was the Welterweight Willing to Step Up! Frank Warren on Amir Khan: Perfect Return Bout is Bradley Skeete! Hearn: Bellew The Favorite in Rematch, Haye is Over if He Loses Shane McGuigan Has No Regrets Over Split With Frampton, Haye Lauren Confident That She Will Get Revenge on Cecilia Braekhus Conrad Cummings Inks With MTK Global Groves: If I Box Like I Did With Cox - Then Eubank Has No Chance! Beterbiev: I Was Ready For Andre Ward - I'm Ready For Anyone News: Nurse vs. Catterall, Mohamed Soltby, Andrew Moloney Botha: Joseph Parker is Like Muhammad Ali - He Can Unify Belts Suddenly, Promoting The 154-Pounders is a Growth Industry Wilder: Anthony Joshua Don't Sound Confident About Us Fighting! Derry Mathews Staying Away, Not Planning To Make Return NSAC Head: Adalaide Byrd Not Suspended, Expect Her Back Soon
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement