Travell Mazion — a boxer with a 17-0 record in his professional career — has passed away at age 24.
On Thursday, the Texas Department of Public Safety told TMZ Sports that the athlete was traveling in his 2010 Cadillac STS at around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday when he suddenly crossed the center median into oncoming traffic.
While it is unclear what caused Mazion to go off course, authorities say he struck the rear quarter panel of a Nissan Sentra before colliding head-on with a Honda Pilot.
Mazion was pronounced dead at the scene.
Law enforcement says the driver of the Honda Pilot, a 61-year-old man, was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.
Known by fans as “Black Magic,” Mazion recently defeated Fernando Castaneda at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, this January.
His 58-second knockout earned him the vacant WBC-NABF super welterweight title.
After the devastating news went viral, several fellow boxers paid their respects to Mazion on social media.
Oscar de la Hoya wrote on Twitter, “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. Rest in peace.”
Hector Tanajara added on his page, “Damn RIP my boy Travell Mazion.”
Additionally, Vergil Ortiz Jr. said in an interview, “He was a very good, humble guy. He was fun to be around. Not only that, he was an amazing boxer.”
Our condolences go out to Travell’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.