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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.