Striker-turned-unbeaten boxer Leon McKenzie would love a big Norwich fight night

PUBLISHED: 12:59 13 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:19 13 November 2015

Leon McKenzie poses after a workout at Duke McKenzie Fitness Centre in Crystal Palace, London. Picture by Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Leon McKenzie poses after a workout at Duke McKenzie Fitness Centre in Crystal Palace, London. Picture by Alex Broadway/Focus Images

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Leon McKenzie believes Norwich’s boxing class deserves its big fight night in the city – and he would love to be a part of it.

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The former Norwich City striker has made impressive progress since his professional ring debut in June 2013, remaining unbeaten with seven wins from his eight fights – three by knockout.

Thanks to the expert work of respected trainer Graham Everett and his Kickstop Gym in Norwich, the city now has two British champions in Ryan and Liam Walsh following their success over the past 12 months, with numerous promising fighters bubbling under the surface.

That has prompted talk of a possible boxing return to Carrow Road next year, with promoter Frank Warren keen to make it happen.

McKenzie’s own training path revolves around his dad, former British and European champion Clinton McKenzie, in London.

But given he is in real contention for his own shot at a British title, he would love to get involved in a big Norwich show.

“Oh, of course!” beamed McKenzie. “To try to incorporate the football fans that once shouted out my name for the way I played football. Maybe not so much scoring – I scored some important goals, but everywhere I’ve been, there has been the respect that they knew I was going to give my all.

“When you get that sort of respect, it’s overwhelming. So to then have football fans shouting my name for a fight, it would be amazing. And to have it at Carrow Road as well? Imagine that!

“I mean, it’s fantastic what the Walsh brothers have done. There are so many guys that have come through Graham’s gym and done so well. I’ve got so much respect for all those guys that have won, for me, fantastic belts.

“And that is coming from Norwich, which has not always been on the map. For me, those guys have really put Norwich on the map – probably without realising just how much they’ve done.”

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