Knockout start for former MMA star Lenjoint

THE WINNER! -- Lenjoint is lifted aloft by trainer Shane McPhilbin
THE WINNER! -- Lenjoint is lifted aloft by trainer Shane McPhilbin

A seasoned fighter from Bulwell has made an instant impact after switching from mixed martial arts (MMA) to boxing.

For Karsten Lenjoint enjoyed a second-round knockout in a bout at The Forum nightclub in Nottingham to launch his boxing career.

Lenjoint was pitched against the highly experienced Will ‘Lightning’ Cairns, of Manchester, in a tough light-middleweight contest.

But the 31-year-old came out with confidence and worked well behind some lovely straight punches in the first round.

Uising his guard brilliantly, Lenjoint then put pressure on Cairns, dropping him twice early in the second round before finishing the job off with a terrific combination of punches that left his opponent unable to carry on.

Nicknamed ‘The Archer’, Lenjoint, who stands 5’9” tall, competed in the featherweight category of MMA.

MMA is full-contact combat that combines striking techniques from sports such as karate and boxing with grappling techniques from sports such as judo and wrestling.

Initially, Lenjoint enjoyed tremendous success, winning his first six contests between 2007 and 2009. But he lost his last four in 2012 and 2013 and decided to switch to boxing.

However, the fact that he appeared in ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, which is a popular reality TV show in the USA focusing on MMA, underlines how talented he is.

Lenjoint has his own MMA team, known as Archer MMA, based in Nottingham.

But for his boxing career, he is being trained by Bulwell’s well-known former British cruiserweight champion Shane ‘Mr Block’ McPhilbin, who runs the successful Team Block academy in the Hucknall and Bulwell area, and also by Mark Anderson.

Lenjoint’s next fight has been pencilled in for Saturday 21st June in Nottingham.