This gesture, quite decent and moving at the time, fell between the cracks a bit.
Did you see it?
Travell Mazion, a Texas based 154, walked to the ring on Aug. 10, on the undercard of a card topped by a Vergil Ortiz Jr vs. Antonio Orozco tango.
The Mazio ring-walk, for his eight rounder against Jeremy Ramos, stood out on an event meant to showcase the growing star-power of Ortiz Jr. That’s because Mazion, who rose to 15-0, strode to the ring sans music.
The ring emcee asked that the assembled at Verizon Theater be silent, and raise their lit up cell phones in the air. “In memory of those who fell victim in the recent violence here, in American soil.”
The only sounds were the squeak of Mazion’s boots; he walked into the ring, took a knee, bowed his head, crossed himself…and then looked up and roared, “Let’s gooooo!”
Simple, classy, quiet and dignified; props to the hitter, managed by Cleveland “Fly As Day” Jones, paying homage to those slain in El Paso and also Dayton, Ohio.
Ten people died in Dayton, when a shooter at Ned Peppers bar, on August 4, opened fire. On August 3, another unbalanced person went haywire, and this time a lone gunman killed 22 people, in El Paso, at a Walmart.
Mazion handled the emotion properly and oh yeah, handled his business as well. No longer training with Ann Wolfe, he showed power in both hands, and some ring generalship in the form of shimmies and shakes. He likes to give a show beyond the basics, looks like.
The 24 year old Mazion, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, scored a knockdown in the first, off a flurry from the Texan. His left hook buzzed the loser. Then, Mazion had to prove his chin could hold up, as Ramos went into battling mode. His flurries were stout, but Mazion held up. More of that sharp left hook from Mazion kept Ramos honest down the stretch. The judges spoke–“and stilllll undefeated, from Austin, Texas, Travell Mazion!”
78-73, 78-73, 80-71…those were the scores. And maybe more impressive—the ring walk, and how that was choreographed. Props to Mazion for saluting those victims on DAZN.