Gary Mason (boxer)

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Gary Mason
Statistics
Real name Gary Michael Mason
Rated at Heavyweight
Nationality Jamaican
British
Born (1962-12-15)15 December 1962
Jamaica
Died 6 January 2011(2011-01-06) (aged 48)
Wallington, London, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 38
Wins 37
Wins by KO 34
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 0

Gary Mason (15 December 1962 – 6 January 2011) was a British boxer who was based in Chatham, Kent, England. He was born in Jamaica.[1] Mason fought at the heavyweight level and became the British heavyweight champion in 1989. Mason was a top ten contender, his main strengths being his punching power, heart and physical strength.

Mason died on 6 January 2011 in a cycling accident in South London.

Pro boxing career[edit]

Mason fought 38 times as a professional in a career that spanned 10 years from 1984 to 1994, with 37 wins (34 by knockout) and only one loss, that being to Lennox Lewis when he challenged for the European title in 1991. Mason gave Lewis his hardest fight up to that point in his career.[2]

Mason defeated a number of well known heavyweights, including Tyrell Biggs, James Tillis, Lorenzo Boyd, Alfonzo Ratliff, Ricky Parkey, Donnie Long, James Pritchard, Mark Wills, Everett Martin, Louis Pergaud, Hughroy Currie, Terry Armstrong, David Jaco and Jess Harding.

He suffered a detached retina in a bout with Everett Martin in 1990. After a short retirement he staged a comeback, which ended with a TKO loss to Lennox Lewis, which aggravated Mason's eye injury. He came back once again, but after winning two fights in the US he retired for good.

Professional boxing record[edit]

37 Wins (34 knockouts, 3 decisions), 1 Loss (1 knockout, 0 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 37–1 United States Martin "Bananas" Foster TKO 3 10 September 1994 United States Laughlin, Nevada, United States
Win 36–1 United States Kevin P Porter TKO 2 29 January 1994 United States Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the second round.
Loss 35–1 United Kingdom Lennox "The Lion" Lewis TKO 7 6 March 1991 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British/EBU Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 0:44 of the seventh round.
Win 35–0 United States James Pritchard TKO 9 12 December 1990 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 2:09 of the ninth round.
Win 34–0 United States Everett "Bigfoot" Martin PTS 10 14 March 1990 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom 98.5–97.
Win 33–0 United States Mark Anthony Wills PTS 10 6 December 1989 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom 98.5–97.
Win 32–0 United States Tyrell Biggs KO 7 4 October 1989 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 31–0 United Kingdom Jess Harding TKO 2 28 June 1989 United Kingdom Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom BBBofC British Heavyweight Title.
Win 30–0 United States "Scary" Terry Armstrong TKO 3 29 March 1989 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 29–0 United Kingdom Hughroy Currie KO 4 18 January 1989 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Heavyweight Title. Currie knocked out at 3:00 of the fourth round.
Win 28–0 United States James "Quick" Tillis TKO 5 30 November 1988 United Kingdom Southwark, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:50 of the fifth round.
Win 27–0 United States David Jaco TKO 4 24 October 1988 United Kingdom Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the fourth round.
Win 26–0 Brazil Manoel "Clay" De Almeida TKO 7 13 April 1988 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 25–0 United States Ricky Parkey TKO 1 9 March 1988 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 24–0 United States Alfonzo Ratliff TKO 6 3 February 1988 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the sixth round.
Win 23–0 United States "Slammin" Sammy Scaff TKO 2 3 December 1987 United Kingdom Southend, Essex, United Kingdom
Win 22–0 United Kingdom Andrew Gerrard TKO 6 24 October 1987 United Kingdom Tottenham, London, United Kingdom
Win 21–0 Netherlands Andre van den Oetelaar TKO 2 25 September 1987 United Kingdom Southend, Essex, United Kingdom
Win 20–0 United States "Fast" Eddie Richardson TKO 7 30 August 1987 Spain Marbella, Andalucia, Spain
Win 19–0 United States Billy Joe Thomas KO 1 26 May 1987 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 18–0 United States Woody Clark TKO 2 18 April 1987 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 2:39 of the second round.
Win 17–0 United States Richard Earl Scott TKO 1 24 March 1987 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:27 of the first round.
Win 16–0 United States Rodney "King" Smith TKO 1 22 February 1987 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:04 of the first round.
Win 15–0 United States Oscar Holman PTS 8 26 November 1986 United Kingdom Wolverhampton, West Midlands, United Kingdom 79.5–76.5.
Win 14–0 United States Donnie "Master of Disaster" Long KO 1 4 November 1986 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom Long knocked out at 1:31 of the first round.
Win 13–0 United States Lorenzo Boyd KO 2 17 September 1986 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 12–0 United States Mark "The Storm" Young TKO 5 19 July 1986 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 11–0 United States "Poison" Ivy Brown KO 2 20 May 1986 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 10–0 Senegal Maurice Gomis TKO 3 24 April 1986 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 9–0 Cameroon "King" Louis Pergaud TKO 4 9 April 1986 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 8–0 United States Charles "Tuffy" Hostetter TKO 1 4 March 1986 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the first round.
Win 7–0 United Kingdom Denroy Bryan KO 1 19 February 1986 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom Bryan knocked out at 1:20 of the first round.
Win 6–0 United Kingdom Steve Gee TKO 5 4 December 1985 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:25 of the fifth round.
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Steve Gee TKO 5 5 November 1985 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:38 of the fifth round.
Win 4–0 Belgium Luc Goossens KO 1 6 March 1985 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom Luc knocked out at 2:33 of the first round.
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Frank "The Tank" Robinson KO 1 18 January 1985 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 2–0 United Kingdom Al Malcolm TKO 2 14 December 1984 United Kingdom Wembley, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 0:20 of the second round.
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Al Malcolm KO 1 16 October 1984 United Kingdom Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Rugby career[edit]

Mason played three rugby league matches for the London Crusaders (now London Broncos Rugby League) reserve team, scoring a try in his first game although ending up on the losing side against Scarborough Pirates.[3]

Television appearances[edit]

Mason appeared in a special celebrity show of Gladiators that raised money for charity in 1993 which John Fashanu won. Mason also appeared on the panel of the ITV show You Bet!, and the second episode of the first series of GamesMaster in 1992 playing Sonic Blast Man arcade. Mason's home was also one of those featured on the panel show Through the Keyhole. Though the panel were able to ascertain that the property was home to a British boxer, they plumped for its being Lennox Lewis's abode.

Death[edit]

On the morning of 6 January 2011 Mason died after being hit by a van in Sandy Lane South, Wallington, South London whilst cycling. He was pronounced dead at the scene.[4]

Moments after his death was announced, boxing promoter Frank Maloney told LBC 97.3 radio in London that "Everyone had the greatest of respect for Gary. When times were bad Gary always had a smile on his face. He's going to be sadly missed by a lot of people. He did a lot of great work for charity... he'd always turn up if you phoned him for a charity event. That's the sort of guy he was."[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "boxer: Gary Mason". boxrec.com. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Lennox Lewis joins 1,000-strong crowd in paying tribute at boxer Gary Mason's funeral". Daily Mail (London). 12 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Scott, Brough (21 April 2001). "Boxing: Mason still on the canvas". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  4. ^ "Boxer Gary Mason dies in cycling collision in London". BBC News. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Horace Notice
Retired
British Heavyweight Champion
18 January 1989 – 6 March 1991
Succeeded by
Lennox Lewis