Mason Dixon (character)

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Mason Dixon
Rocky character
First appearance Rocky Balboa
Portrayed by Antonio Tarver
Nickname(s) The Line
The Undefeated Champion
Gender Male
Occupation Professional boxer
Nationality United States
Mason Dixon (character)
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Nationality United States American
Born Tampa, Florida
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 34
Wins by KO 30
Losses 0
Draws 0

Mason "The Line" Dixon is a fictional character in the Rocky series who first appeared in the sixth film, entitled Rocky Balboa. He is the heavyweight boxing champion of the world who is challenged to fight a 59-year-old, retired Rocky Balboa in an exhibition fight. He is played by real-life (WBA Super, WBC, IBF, IBO, IBA) light heavyweight and (IBO) cruiserweight world champion Antonio Tarver. He was supposedly based on a combination of Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.

He is also noted for being the final of Rocky's opponents in the Rocky series. Despite technically being the "antagonist" of the final film, he does not harbor any ill-will towards Rocky and does not possess the arrogance, bitterness, or apathy compared to Rocky's opponents in the first five films. Both Mason Dixon and Rocky Balboa embrace at the end of their match and express their admiration and respect for each other.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Dixon was born in Tampa, Florida. At some point after Rocky Balboa's retirement, Dixon became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, winning the IBF, WBA, WBC and The Ring Magazine belts, in contrast to Balboa, who had held the WBA, WBC, and The Ring titles two times. His promoters suggest holding a charity exhibition match with Balboa in Las Vegas to bolster Dixon's falling popularity. With some hesitation, he agrees to the match.