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Former Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie announces retirement from boxing

PUBLISHED: 22:42 10 September 2017 | UPDATED: 22:42 10 September 2017

Leon McKenzie celebrates his first goal at Portman Road. Picture: Simon Finlay

Leon McKenzie celebrates his first goal at Portman Road. Picture: Simon Finlay

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

The 39-year-old super-middleweight, who scored 22 goals in 81 games for the Canaries between 2003 and 2006, was stopped in nine rounds by Cello Renda at London’s York Hall on Saturday night in a fight for the vacant Southern Area title.

Defeat by Renda followed that in November 2016 by Jahmaine Smyle at the same location for the English title, and a draw with Darren McKenna in only his third professional fight. He won his other eight as a professional

“The last few fights my body has bailed on me and I guess 40 years of age crept up just like that,” the son of British champion Clinton and nephew of three-weight world champion Duke wrote on social media.

“As much as my mind and heart want to continue boxing unfortunately my body won’t allow me, which leaves me no choice but to retire.”

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