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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Leon McKenzie says he wants to return to Norwich and fight in front of his local fans again.
The Norwich City legend may be gone, but if his appearance in the boxing ring at the weekend is anything to go by, he is far from forgotten.
Kitted out in the famous yellow and green colours, McKenzie received a rapturous welcome from the boxing crowd, who had clearly not forgotten his exploits during a three-year spell at Carrow Road.
“At some point I would love to come back,” he said. “Maybe with a couple more wins under my belt and a bit more experience, but hopefully it will happen.
“Maybe with a few more wins down the road and a bit more experience hopefully we can get something to fight for on the domestic scene,” said the 35-year-old.
“It would be brilliant to do that in Norwich because I have nothing but love for Norwich and I had a fantastic time here.
“The fans were fantastic to me again and I thank all the Norwich supporters who came out. It was brilliant.”
McKenzie’s fight was the second of his fledgling boxing career – and the second win, after a points decision over Robert Studzinski, who hit the canvas in the fourth and final round after a thudding left hook.
It was a convincing enough boxing performance from a dual sportsman, whose decision to take to the ring attracted the inevitable attention of the critics. McKenzie comes from a boxing family – in his corner were father Clinton, a former British champion, and uncle Duke, a former world champion – but he admits there is work to do to convince some of the doubters.
“In time I will prove it,” he said. “But to the people who were watching me in the ring here they know I mean business – and I am well schooled.”