Clinton Mckenzie came from a family of boxers originating from Jamaica. He started boxing at twelve, and for the next nine years represented the UK as a top-ranked amateur in the Light Welterweight division. His glittering amateur performances culminated in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, where he fought America’s ‘Sugar Ray’ Leonard in the quarter-finals before turning professional that same year. As a professional Clinton quickly took the British and Commonwealth belts before becoming European Champion, successfully defending this title on two occasions. Over the course of a decade he defended his British title no fewer than 16 times, and won two coveted Lonsdale Belts outright. Following his professional career that ended in 1989, he expanded his passion by pioneering the first UK gym offering boxing fitness, opening the doors for many more people to participate in the sport. Clinton is an ABAE tutor, many children from several schools have been the beneficiaries of his expertise. Clinton Co-Authored Boxing Fitness, and is currently acting as Consultant Editor for The Complete Guide to Boxing Fitness for Exercise Professionals, by Hilary Lissenden.
Clinton is an integral member of the London Community Boxing team, soon to be operating in a new venue, watch this space.