Former footballer Leon McKenzie claims stoppage win in professional boxing debut

Last Updated: 30/06/13 1:58pm

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Former footballer Leon McKenzie made a successful start to his boxing career as he claimed a second-round stoppage win in a super-middleweight contest against John Mason.

McKenzie, who played in the Premier League with Norwich City, put his opponent down twice at York Hall before the contest was waved off by the referee.

Mason had lost his last five fights and had already been knocked out twice this year before being beaten by 35-year-old McKenzie at the London venue.

McKenzie's switch to boxing comes after he revealed that he suffered from depression during his football career.

"Even (considering) my playing days, I think that's the best I've ever felt. Hopefully we will be able to fight in Norwich in September, on the 15th," McKenzie said after the fight.

McKenzie is the son of former British light-welterweight champion Clinton McKenzie and the nephew of three-time world champion Duke.

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