Boxing: John McCallum beaten by Leon McKenzie

John McCallum suffered nasty cuts above and below his right eye. Pic: SNS
John McCallum suffered nasty cuts above and below his right eye. Pic: SNS
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Edinburgh boxer John McCallum lost his highly-anticpated British super middleweight title-eliminator with former professional footballer Leon McKenzie at London’s York Hall on Saturday night.

The bout was brought to a halt at the end of the sixth round after McCallum was pulled from his corner after suffering bad cuts just above and below right eye that required stitches.

Former Norwich and Crystal Palace striker McKenzie, 37, is now just one fight away from earning himself a British title.

Saturday’s loss was the first of McCallum’s professional career since he joined the paid-ranks in 2010.

The pre-fight build-up had been dominated by an on-going feud between the duo, McKenzie claiming the Scot had shown utter disrespect towards his long-standing battle against depression.

But McCallum, 27, said: “I could accept it if I was being outclassed or even knocked out, but I do believe I was ahead in a close fight.

“Take nothing away from Leon McKenzie, you are a tough man and I wish you all the best going forward in your career.”