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Leon McKenzie wins in style at York Hall

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Former Premier League footballer Leon McKenzie managed to maintain his unbeaten boxing record by comfortably defeating Bulgarian super-middleweight boxer Nikola Varbanov. 

McKenzie went into Saturday's fight at York Hall in Bethnal Green on the back of a disappointing draw with Darren McKenna, while his opponent was trying to recover from two successive defeats. 

However 'Big McK' was far too strong for Varbanov as the Eastern European was forced into withdrawing from the fight in the second round.

McKenzie bounced into York Hall's ring with confidence before saluting his supporters who were situated in the top tier of the venue. 

The 35-year-old dictated the pace of the first round but was unable to really threaten his counterpart. 

McKenzie returned to his corner, where he was met by his father, Clinton and uncle Duke who both had successful careers in boxing. 

Both Clinton and Duke had experienced fighting at York Hall during their heyday so were able to pass on their experience and knowledge to McKenzie.

And the advice during the short interval seemed to make a huge difference as McKenzie came out with more fire in his belly and really took the fight to Varbanov. 

McKenzie threw a series of successful body shots in the direction of his opponent which ended in Varbanov slumping to the floor of the ring after just 46 seconds of the second round. 

The Bulgarian tried to regain his footing but he was unable to continue as he appeared to be winded - leaving the referee with no choice but to end the fight and hand McKenzie his third win of his professional career. 

Speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport after his victory at York Hall, McKenzie said: "We trained really hard for the fight and we didn't underestimate tonight's opponent but I am really pleased with the outcome. 

"Everything went to plan so I am just looking on to the next one already.

"I am going to speak to my management now and try to step it up another level."

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