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World champions attend funeral of ex-British boxing champ Gary Mason in London

Former boxer killed in January while out on a training ride on his bike

The funeral has taken place in South London of former British heavyweight boxing champion Gary Mason, killed last month when he was struck by a van while out on a training ride on his bike in Wallington.

Among the mourners at the service yesterday at Carshalton All Saints Church were former world champions Lennox Lewis, the only man to have defeated Mason in his 38-bout professional career, and Frank Bruno.

The church service, which saw Mason described by his brother as a “gentle giant,” according to a report on the This Is Local London website, was followed by a private burial attended by Mason’s family at Croydon Cemetery.

Following Mason’s death, a 43-year-old male was arrested by police on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and has been bailed until March.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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