For all his manifold achievements the artistic McKenzie has never reaped the dividends he might have wished. The quietly spoken Robinson, in contrast, has far outstripped McKenzie's earnings in the 18 months since he arrived in the North-east at less than 48 hours' notice to win the vacant WBO title.
'I've heard loads of jokes about my fans being able to fit into a Mini or a telephone box,' McKenzie said. 'After winning three world titles, I was still working for a living outside boxing.'
McKenzie rates Robinson as the best featherweight since Barry McGuigan, but added: 'All the pressure will be on him. I just think I've got a few moves to surprise him.'
The odds are firmly on Robinson, whose size makes him a natural featherweight. Despite winning the British title, McKenzie has hardly campaigned in the division.Reuse content