Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boxer Arrested over His Son's Replica Gun

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boxer Arrested over His Son's Replica Gun

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Byline: AMAR SINGH

FORMER boxing champion Clinton McKenzie was arrested by armed police after officers mistook his son's replica gun for the real thing.

McKenzie, who won the British and European light-welterweight titles, was handcuffed and locked up following his arrest as he waited to have the gun repaired. The 50-year-old, from Sanderstead, Surrey, said: "I was humiliated.

They handcuffed me and locked me in a cell for nothing."

McKenzie is part of south London's most famous boxing family, alongside brothers Winston and Duke, while his eldest son Leon is a striker for Norwich City. As well as winning the British and European titles in the Seventies and Eighties, he boxed for Britain in the 1976 Olympics.

McKenzie says his ordeal began at about 8.50am yesterday outside the Cycle & Sport shop in Caterham.

Unknown to him, Surrey police had marked him out as a potential gunman as he waited for the shop to open.

He said: "I had the gun in its box under my arm. …

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