Leon McKenzie has most recently been quoted in an article called LONG READ Boxing needs to address its mental health problem. Leon McKenzie said, “When I was a footballer we were advised, we had pensions and we had things to put our money into to give us a little bit of a chance. There are counsellors we can go to, I'm still a member of the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) so I can get so much more, there's medical insurance and other funds. The PFA has a lot more money than boxing organisations, but there's got to be more options for boxers who come away from the sport and there's nothing. That can't be right.”. Leon McKenzie has been quoted a grand total of 9 times in 2 articles.
With depression, what I've noticed and what I've observed in this profession, I've seen my dad box at a high level, my uncle box at a very high level, and then going into professional football, to compare both sports, boxing needs to do a hell of a [...]
There's no one to call. If I'm struggling, there's no one to call. When I was playing football, I could call the PFA and say 'I'm struggling, I tried to take my own life, I'm depressed.' In boxing, who do we call? Where do we go? That's why you find[...]
When I was a footballer we were advised, we had pensions and we had things to put our money into to give us a little bit of a chance. There are counsellors we can go to, I'm still a member of the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) so I can [...]
I personally think there's got to be something in place. We've got to come together and put mental health at the top of the list. Why not think about maybe pensions, or some sort of fund where you have to put a little bit of money in every so often.
I had to message him directly. The amount of respect I have for that man to even attempt to try and fight on is enormous. To be honest, I wasn't really a fan [before] but after that kind of fight and the pain he was feeling, I've only got respect fo[...]
He's ruptured his Achilles, I did that playing professional football at Coventry. I was 30 years old. I couldn't stand, it was during a game. It felt like someone had shot me in the back of the ankle and I just collapsed to the floor. I couldn't put[...]
The rehabilitation takes a hell of a lot of time to rebuild it properly. I still have issues with running and things like that, although my body's terrible, I've had every injury under the sun. But mentally getting back to the stage of being able to[...]
We can't take away what Tony Bellew's done, when you look at the actual strategy of the fight, Tony boxed and countered perfectly and accordingly. The first three, four rounds, although David caught him with a few good shots, Tony was countering and[...]
I wish him a speedy recovery and he told me he'd be back, that just shows his mind-set. He told me that he would 100 per cent be back. I was out for eight months with my injury, but he's been operated on. Even with that he's looking at six months re[...]