Bird determined to bounce back

FULL FORCE: Billy Bird lands a punch on opponent Mike Byles' face on Friday, but he was not able to do enough for victory
FULL FORCE: Billy Bird lands a punch on opponent Mike Byles' face on Friday, but he was not able to do enough for victory

Billy Bird is adamant he will come back stronger after 
suffering the first defeat of his burgeoning professional 
boxing career.

After being handed the opportunity of fighting in his first Frank Warren promoted show at the renowned York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, the night did not go to plan for the former Sudbury Boxing Club member as was out-fought by Coventry’s Mike Byles, whose more aggressive style won over the judges to secure a narrow 59-56 points victory.

But despite seeing his faultless record, which stood at 10 consecutive victories come to an end, the disappointed 22-year-old, speaking immediately after his defeat, remained positive as he vowed to learn from the experience.

“Early on in the fight, I thought it was the best I had boxed,” he said.

“But then after the third round my energy just went and it wasn’t to be.

“Everyone loses in a point in their career, unless you’re Floyd Mayweather, it happens to the best of them.

“It is all about how you come back from it and believe me this won’t be stopping me progressing in my career and achieving what I want.

“Losing is a new experience for me and it is okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them and that is what I’ll do. I didn’t think I lost the fight but I’m not going to say I was robbed, it was a close one and it happens.

“However, I’ve boxed at the famous York Hall and nobody can take that feeling away from me.”

But despite not being able to put on the knockout performance he, and his large travelling contingent would have hoped for, ‘Billy Boy’ is hopeful he may have done enough to catch the eye of the world renowned promoter Warren.

“Hopefully I will have a meeting with Frank (Warren) later on and so let’s just see what happens from that,” he added.

“A defeat isn’t always a major setback in a boxer’s career, it is how you come back and the best ones always do.

“One of Frank’s people spoke to me after and congratulated me on the fight and said what a name I can make for myself so that’s positive.

“I have a big following, who were as loud as ever out there and that stands me in good stead. I want to thank them all for their support.

“This won’t be the end for me and if it’s not Frank Warren who wants to sign me there are others out there. All this does is make me hungry for the next one and all I’ll say is god help the next guy stood in front of me in the ring.”