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Boxing world mourns accident victim Gary Mason

The boxing world paid tribute to former British heavyweight champion Gary Mason yesterday after he was killed in a bicycle crash.

Mason (48) was cycling near his flat in Wallington, south London, yesterday morning when he was in a collision with a white van. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 43-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and bailed pending further inquiries.

Mason was British champion from January 1989 to March 1991.

The Jamaican-born boxer won 37 of his 38 professional bouts — including 34 by knockout — during a career which lasted from 1984 to 1994. His only loss came against the up-and-coming future world champion Lennox Lewis at Wembley Arena.

Frank Bruno, Mason's stable-mate under Terry Lawless, said: “We used to spar together in the early days. Gary was probably a better technical boxer than me, although I had more determination.

“I'm very sorry about his death, particularly the circumstances of how it happened.”

Boxing promoter Frank Maloney said: “I'm very sad. It's a great loss, not just to boxing but to life in general.

“He was always a happy guy with a smile on his face. Even if things were going wrong for him, he cheered other people up.

“He was one of the nice guys of boxing. And he did great work for charity. People don't realise the amount he did for charity.”

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