Danny Brown wants to hand former Premier League star Leon McKenzie his first defeat in the boxing ring

Danny Brown

Danny Brown

First published in Sport

MIDDLEWEIGHT boxer Danny Brown’s goal is inflicting a first defeat on former Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie when they square up at York Hall tomorrow night.

McKenzie has an unbeaten record of three wins and a draw but Brown is feeling confident of changing that at the famous Bethnal Green venue.

The South Woodham Ferrers fighter goes into the ring on the back of a victory a week ago and is in chipper mood.

“Leon is unbeaten and I’m keen to inflict a first defeat on him,” said 37-year-old Brown.

“He is a southpaw, the same as me, but that will make no difference.

“I have not watched any videos of him fighting but I’m not bothered. I will have a look at him in the first round and see what he’s about and take it from there.”

Brown broke his arm sparring in January 2013 and returned to the ring with a pair of defeats last autumn.

But he followed that up with a draw against debutant Connor Seymour in Hull and defeated Louis Rutherford on points last Friday in Sheffield.

The plasterer, who lived in Wickford and still prepares at the town’s Newlands Gym, has been training for his latest round of fights since February and feels in good shape.

“It has been tiring combining work and training but I find the energy and once I’m in the gym I do not feel tired,” added Brown, who will fight McKenzie over six rounds.

“But training has been going really well and I’m now looking forward to facing Leon.

“He is a bit of name because he was a footballer and will have a lot of support tomorrow.

“That doesn’t bother me and I cannot wait for the fight,” added Brown, who is sponsored by Sugar Rays and Am-Pro Boxing.

Brown has a professional record of four wins, 13 defeats and two draws from his 19 bouts, while McKenzie made his pro debut last June and beat Nikola Varbanov last time out in March.

The 35-year-old is the son of British and European champ Clinton McKenzie and the nephew of three times world champion Duke McKenzie.

As well as playing for the Canaries, McKenzie includes Crystal Palace, Peterborough United, Coventry City and Charlton among his clubs before retiring in 2013.

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