Billy Bird has warned rivals he is gunning for them following his first taste of title success after being crowned British Masters Bronze champion.
The former Sudbury Boxing Club member saw his dreams become a reality in front of a capacity crowd at Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall on Friday evening by overcoming 31-year-old Leicestershire opponent Simon Henry with an impressive fifth-round stoppage.
And after keeping his flawless professional record intact with a 10th straight victory, the 21-year-old light middleweight is ready to take on whatever challenge lays ahead as he eyes further glory.
“What a feeling, British Masters champion. I’ve done it and, as I said I would, I’m bringing the belt back to Sudbury,” said Bird who was presented with his title belt by sparring partner and Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo. “From the off, I knew it was going to be tough.
“He caught me with a couple of good shots and I had to battle it out, but all of a sudden I could see I had him.
“It gave me that extra bit of energy and I took my chance when it came, what a feeling.
“This will be the first of many. I’m only 21 and have everything still in front of me.
“It is just going to be bigger things for me now, watch this space because Billy Boy is coming.
“I’m coming for all the titles, I’m on the ladder now and I’m ready for whatever challenges are out there.
“A junior world title could be next, who knows. I’m going to get back in the gym, resharpen the tools and see what is next.”
But while Bird enjoyed soaking up the adulation of the adoring Norwich crowd on the evening, he was quick to pay tribute to his supporting cast of coaches, sparring partners and family.
“The whole evening with the crowd was incredible and to top it off I’m bringing the belt back like I said I would,” he added. “However, it is not just about me, it is everyone involved with me as well.
“It’s my dream that has come true but I really can’t thank everyone enough.
“For everyone who has backed me, my family, my coaches, sparring partners and promoters, this is who it is for. They have been behind me my whole career.”