'In disbelief': Undefeated boxing champion dead at 24

Associated Press
·3-min read
Travell Mazion, pictured here in action against Daquan Pauldo in 2018.
Travell Mazion in action against Daquan Pauldo in 2018. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

The boxing world has been rocked by the tragic death of 24-year-old Travell ‘Black Magic’ Mazion.

The promising young boxer was killed when his car slammed head-on into an oncoming car on a highway near Austin, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

WHAT THE: UFC fighter falls out of cage for weird KO

‘EVERYONE KNOWS’: Ugly truth about Paige VanZant's UFC exit

The crash happened about 9:40 pm on Wednesday when a car Mazion was driving veered and crossed the median on Farm-to-Market Road 1431 near the Austin suburb of Cedar Park.

Golden Boy Promotions confirmed the tragic news on Thursday.

“We at Golden Boy are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Travell Mazion,” a statement read.

“He was a kind, charismatic young man who lit up every room he walked into and brought excitement to fans inside the ring.

“We send our heartfelt prayers and thoughts to his family. May he R.I.P.”

His promoter Oscar De La Hoya expressed his grief on Twitter on Thursday.

“I am still in disbelief,” he tweeted alongside a photo with Mazion.

@black_magic92 you left us far too soon! Nice, young man with all the talent in the world.

“Not only did our sport take a huge hit with losing you but the world lost a good one.

“You are forever Golden. My heart & prayers are with you & your family champ.”

Second man dies in Travell Mazion crash

Mazion's car slammed head-on into a car driven by Richard Salter.

Mazion was killed instantly, while Salter, 61, died later at a hospital in nearby Round Rock.

Mazion, a junior middleweight prospect, was 17-0 in his career with 13 knockouts.

His most recent victory was a knockout of Fernando Castaneda with a body shot 58 seconds into the first round on January 11 to secure the WBC-NABF super welterweight title.

Mazion conducted his ring walk without using music as a tribute to victims of gun violence.

He was nine days shy of his 25th birthday.

with Yahoo Sports staff