Ex-Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie off to a winning start

Leon McKenzie.

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Canaries legend turned boxer Leon McKenzie is looking forward to a reappearance in Norwich after making a successful start to his professional career in the ring.

The 35-year-old claimed a second-round stoppage win in a super-middleweight contest against John Mason at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday night.

And now his attentions will turn to September when he is pencilled in to appear on one of the Shamrock Promotions bills in the city.

McKenzie, who achieved iconic status at Carrow Road after scoring both goals on his debut in a 2-0 win over old rivals Ipswich Town at Portman Road in December, 2003, twice sent Mason to the canvas before the referee called a halt to proceedings.

'Even (considering) my playing days, I think that's the best I've ever felt,' said McKenzie.


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'Hopefully we will be able to fight in Norwich in September, on the 15th and again we will just take it from there. Little by little, but we will be working.'

McKenzie, who has fought a well-publicized battle against depression, moved into boxing after hanging up his football boots at the beginning of this year.

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'I'm completely overwhelmed,' he added. 'I'm a bit calmer now and all credit to my team.

'I went out there and did exactly what I had to do. I wasn't happy with a few bits and bobs, but I just have to keep listening and try to progress.

'I want to win something. I'm not too sure where we're going to go with it, although somewhere down the line I'd like to do something like Prizefighter.'

McKenzie has a well established boxing background – he is the son of former British light-welterweight champion Clinton McKenzie and the nephew of three-time world champion Duke.

Duke McKenzie added: 'He will fight anybody over four rounds, make no mistake, outside of the real top boys in this country.

'We're not talking about (Carl) Froch, or (James) DeGale or (George) Groves none of those boys. Anybody outside the top 15 we will take them over four rounds, that isn't a problem. Leon McKenzie is going to be around for a little while.'

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