Footballer-turned-fighter Leon McKenzie retires from boxing aged 39
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 11/09/17 10:37am
Former Premier League footballer Leon McKenzie has retired from boxing at the age of 39 after losing out to Cello Renda in a Southern Area super-middleweight title fight.
McKenzie looked on course to win Saturday's York Hall clash for the vacant title on points, but succumbed to a barrage of punches in the penultimate round from 43-fight veteran Renda.
Ex-Crystal Palace and Norwich City striker McKenzie turned professional as a boxer in 2013, aged 35, following in the footsteps of father, trainer and ex-European champion Clinton, and uncle and former three-weight world champion Duke.
After eight wins and a draw from his first nine bouts - including victory in an International Masters title fight in 2015 - McKenzie lost a split decision in an English title fight against Jahmaine Smyle last November.
And after suffering a ninth round knockout to 2008 Prizefighter runner-up Renda, McKenzie has now decided to hang up his gloves.
McKenzie spent 18 years as a footballer before becoming a professional boxer and played for clubs including Coventry City, Charlton Athletic, Peterborough United and Northampton Town.