Norwich City fans’ favourite Leon McKenzie is gearing up for a professional boxing return to his old manor

Former Norwich striker Leon McKenzie is put through his paces by Dad and ex-British and European box

Former Norwich striker Leon McKenzie is put through his paces by Dad and ex-British and European boxing champion Clinton ahead of his professional ring debut in June. Picture by Alex Broadway/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images Ltd

Canaries' cult hero Leon McKenzie revealed yesterday he could be returning to Norwich as he embarks on his professional boxing career.

The former City striker is targeting a September bout in Norwich if his big boxing debut goes to plan next month at the famous York Hall.

McKenzie will face an as yet unnamed opponent as he bids to carve out a second sporting career under the guidance of Dad, Clinton, a one-time British and European champion and Uncle, Duke, who was a three-time World champion.

'Hopefully I want to fight in Norwich in September. That is what my manager has told me,' he said. 'It depends of course on how things go regarding the June 29 fight. But if that goes to plan all the Norwich supporters will see me fight back there I think around September 15. I'm not sure what show it would be on, but I believe they are eager to get me down and to be honest I would love it. The support would be immense. I couldn't wait for that.

'Really I have to take it one fight at a time. I think that is probably the wisest way to approach it. I'm not going to say I will do this or do that because a boxing match can be finished by one punch. I am a realist and very aware of my surroundings. At the same time I have a fantastic pedigree around me with my Dad and my Uncle. I hope we are ready and we can perform.'

McKenzie is likely to be backed by some of his former Norwich team mates when he appears at the iconic British boxing venue on his debut night.

'I'd like to think a few of the Norwich boys will come down,' he said. 'Hucks is away unfortunately so I don't think he'll make it. Paul McVeigh I know has said he will come and Iwan (Roberts) as well if he can. It's going to be great.

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'York Hall is a special place to make your debut. I can't believe I have even landed that to be honest. My Dad made his debut there and to follow that is unbelievable. I have been training really hard and I know everything will go to plan on the night. I feel really strong. I'm definitely living the life. This is another dream come true and my life has taken a really positive direction.'