Canaries hero Leon McKenzie aims for titles of a different kind

Footballer-turned-boxer Leon McKenzie.

Footballer-turned-boxer Leon McKenzie.

Former Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie – famously a title winner with the Canaries in 2004 – is hoping to add another honour to his list.

The 36-year-old is targeting a domestic boxing title after signing a new promotional deal.

McKenzie, whose two goals at Ipswich in December 23, 2003 sent City to the top of Division One and on their way to the top flight, has put pen to paper on a deal with Steve Goodwin.

'Four of my five bouts have been with the Goodwins,' said McKenzie. 'They have always looked after me well and I get on really well with them and head of boxing Kevin Campion, so it was an easy decision to sign a management contract with Steve.'

McKenzie comes from solid boxing stock: father Clinton is a former British and European champion and uncle Duke McKenzie was a three-time world champion.

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Leon has won four and drawn one of his first five fights, including a victory in Norwich on his second outing.

'I have had a couple of niggling injuries since my last bout in May this year, but will be ready to return in December 2014 and then the aim is for a title fight in March 2015.'

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McKenzie will likely be looking at a Masters title fight and then a Southern Area bout.

Although McKenzie turned to boxing late in life, he is determined to make up ground.

'Let's be honest, not many people can come into professional boxing at 35 and do well,' he said. 'Curtis Woodhouse is a former British champion. He's already ticked the box, the whole footballer becomes boxer one.

'Once I've reached that level, it becomes a whole different game. He's had a bit more time than me, I can only respect and appreciate the time I do have.'

Goodwin was delighted with his new acquisition.

'I have admired Leon both from what he is achieving in boxing but also his journey through life,' he said. 'We are determined to provide every opportunity for Leon to go as far as he possibly can in his career. Whilst Leon is 36 people like Leonard Bundu (39) and Bernard Hopkins (49) have shown that if you look after yourself age can be just a number.'

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