Details emerge in Texas fatal car crash of Travell Mazion
24 hours after a fatal car crash took his life, shock and sorrow continues for the family, friends and fellow fighters who knew and loved Travell “Black Magic” Mazion. Thursday afternoon details emerged in the Texas head-on collision, multi-car accident that killed him, as well as the driver of the other vehicle.
The Austin American-Statesman had more details on the crash which happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night in the Cedar Park suburb of Austin, Texas. Authorities say Mazion was at the wheel and his vehicle veered across the median at a high rate of speed smashing into a vehicle driven by 61 year old Austin resident, Richard Salter.
Mazion was apparently killed instantly and Salter died later at nearby Round Rock Hospital.
There was at least one other person seriously injured in the crash according to the Austin – Travis County EMS, but it’s unclear in which car that unidentified person was a passenger.
Mazion’s death hit particularly hard on Golden Boy Promotions and his fellow fighters from Texas.
First, the owner and CEO, Oscar De La Hoya tweeted out his condolences with this photo of he and Mazion from what turned out to be his final fight, this past January at the Alamodome in San Antonio:
I am still in disbelief. @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. pic.twitter.com/oFkUi0yyQb
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) July 16, 2020
Fellow Golden Boy unbeaten, rising prospect, Vergil Ortiz, who will headline for the promotion next weekend when it resumes for its first fights after the Covid-19 shutdown, talked on Golden Boy social media about his shock and condolences for the loss of his good friend, Mazion:
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) July 16, 2020
As we wrote early Thursday, Mazion, was just one week shy of his 25th birthday, was unbeaten with a 17-0 record and last fought in January at the Alamodome in San Antonio. That was a showcase fight on the undercard of the Jaime Munguia – Spike O’Sullivan, Golden Boy Promotions main event .
Mazion scored an emphatic KO of Fernando Castaneda in just :58 to capture the NABF 154 lb. title that night.
Mazion recently gave a video chat interview to Golden Boy’s Jess Rosales in late May updating his fans on training and looking forward to a future fight, while the sport has been on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And, in that conversation Mazion was eager to have a shot at WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion (and fellow Golden Boy promoted) Patrick Teixeira, potentially in late 2020 or early 2021.
Mazion had turned pro in 2013 and had won all three of his fights in 2019, as his career continued on an upward trend.
It will likely take several weeks to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, and it may be the families of the others that were killed or seriously injured will seek civil damages against Mazion’s estate at a later date.