Date: 1st July 2013 at 4:51pm
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35 may seem a strange age to decide that Boxing is the sport for you and even more so when you?ve already had a successful career as a footballer.

But Leon McKenzie, a former professional footballer with Crystal Palace and Norwich City, is determined to become a success in his new chosen career.

On Saturday, McKenzie, a super-middleweight, had his first professional fight when he fought on a bill at the famous York Hall, in Bethnal Green.

His first opponent was John Mason who went into the fight on the back of five straight defeats.

McKenzie showed that even at 35 he had the skills to take out his man with Mason being stopped inside two rounds, prompting the excited McKenzie to pronounce to the media afterwards,

?Even considering my playing days, I think that?s the best I?ve ever felt. I?m overwhelmed.?

McKenzie comes from a fighting family, his father Clinton, was a British and European title holder whilst his uncle, Duke, (his trainer), was a three time world champion.

After getting his first fight out of the way, McKenzie is hoping to fight again in September against an, as yet, un-named opponent.

At 35 years of age, Leon doesn?t have time on his side but if he can make swift progress could he one day secure a British title shot?

 

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