Ohio has become a hotbed for boxing prospects over the last few years. At heavyweight, 22-year-old Jared Anderson has quickly become one of the most promising fighters in the world. Elsewhere, Linn native Duke Ragan has earned an Olympic medal and won his first seven fights as a pro. Rounding out the trio of Ohio prospects, 18-year-old Abdullah Mason has wrapped up his high school studies and has emerged as one of the best new faces in the lightweight division.
Tonight, Abdullah Mason extended his pro-winning streak to five wins with an emphatic victory against Angel Barrera of Mexico. Both fighters entered the fight with a record of 4-0, but the Ohio native’s combination of speed and power proved to be too much for Barrera. Mason knocked the Chicago-based fighter down twice in the third round before the referee stepped in to stop the fight early in the fourth round.
Mason is the first Ohio native to step into the ring at Hulu Theater on October 29. His fight will be followed by a series of bouts, including Duke Ragan’s battle against Luis Lebron.