Zaiphan draws inspiration from ex-Norwich City star Leon McKenzie in his pursuit of a title
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Zaiphan Morris is living the dream – and says former Norwich City footballer turned boxer Leon McKenzie has proved to be an inspiration to his ambitions.
The 30-year-old Morris is a late recruit to the pro ranks, but has a dedicated following in the city, who were out in force on Saturday as Morris made it three wins out of three.
For those who think it's a young man's game, Morris begs to differ.
'Look at Leon - he started as a pro when he was 35 and he now has an International Masters title,' said Morris, after a four-round points win over the difficult Harvey Helmsley.
'He turned pro five years later than me and is going great guns, he has some good wins under his belt.
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'If I could even have a shot and compete for a title like that I would be living the dream, 100pc.
'He has done it, I can do it. I have big respect for someone like Leon who has gone and done that - what an achievement, amazing.
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I would love a title – I want to be fighting tough, tough fights against the top boys, but I have to get there first.
'It is do-able, it is possible - and I put the work in. I live the life, day in day out, whether it be my diet, my training, getting up early for my runs.'
Fellow Norwich boxer Duane Green was also a winner on the night, along with heavy-fisted Joe Hurn, the Clacton fighter who is a regular at the city's Kickstop Gym, and St Ives' debutant Matty Parr.