Ex-footballer Leon McKenzie beats Ivan Stupalo to win first title

Leon McKenzie with father Clinton (right) and uncle Duke
Leon McKenzie with his famous boxing relatives, father Clinton (right) and uncle Duke

Ex-footballer Leon McKenzie claimed his first boxing title, beating Ivan Stupalo for the vacant International Masters super-middleweight crown.

The 36-year-old, who played in the Premier League for Norwich, beat the Croat 100-90 in the 10-round contest at the York Hall in London.

McKenzie turned professional in 2013 and is from a famous boxing family.

The southpaw is coached by his father Clinton, the former British and European light-welterweight champion.

And his uncle is Duke McKenzie, who remains Britain's only modern three-weight world champion.

McKenzie, who also played for Crystal Palace, Peterborough and Coventry in a 16-year professional career, retired from football in 2011, and has spoken in the past about dealing with depression before taking up his new career.

He has fought seven times as a professional, winning six bouts and drawing once. Stupalo, 24, has lost 10 of his 20 fights.

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