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Former Norwich City striker Leon Mckenzie has announced his retirement from boxing following a second successive defeat.

It wasn’t as emotional for me as it would have been for the men who inhabit it every day of the week, but as I left the Kickstop Gym this week there was a tinge of sadness at the possibility that I will never set foot inside the place again.

The Kickstop Gym holds good memories for Jon Thaxton – but he believes a change of scenery could lead to Norwich becoming one of the country’s top boxing centres.

Sam Sexton insists the prospect of a partisan Scottish crowd won’t derail his bid to win the British heavyweight title.

Tucked away on an industrial estate on Norwich’s Whiffler Road is a building which has proved an unlikely setting for some of the country’s top boxers.

A double injury blow has forced promoters to postpone a Norwich boxing show scheduled for October 14.

Lowestoft boxer Craig Poxton will take on Leon Woodstock for the WBC International Silver belt at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday, October 21.

Sam Sexton’s British Heavyweight title fight against Gary Cornish has been rescheduled for Friday, October 6 at Meadowbank Stadium, Scotland.

Anthony Ogogo has flown to the USA in a bid to save his boxing career.

Fabio Wardley proved there is such a thing as friendly rivalry between Norwich and Ipswich when he won his second outing as a pro.

Nathan Dale looks likely to campaign at lightweight in future after ending his eight-month absence from the ring at the weekend.

Zaiphan Morris was devastated after his hopes of a second title belt evaporated.

Iain Martell made an explosive start to his pro boxing career – with just one hand.

Craig Poxton is walking, talking, punching proof that when one door closes, another one opens – or in his case, two.

Five years ago, Norwich trainer Graham Everett joined forces with promoter Mervyn Turner, their mission to create regular fight nights in Norwich to help local boxers.

Craig Poxton has a simple but effective philosophy when it comes to boxing: “train as hard as you can, fight as hard as you can, get as far as you can.”

Zaiphan Morris has seen first hand what winning a Southern Area title means to a stablemate – now he’s hoping to stake a claim for his own shot.

Of the many blue plaques that adorn various buildings in Norwich, two are dedicated to boxers.

Iain Martell is a star of the MMA scene – and next month gets his opportunity to become an equally big name on the boxing circuit.

Craig Poxton will defend his Southern Area title on a big night for Norwich boxing next month.

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