Billy Bird is moving closer to realising his dream of clinching a British Masters belt after it was announced he will be given his shot at the title in February.
The news came after the 21-year-old maintained his faultless start to his professional boxing career by beating 28-year-old Steve Spence in what was his ninth bout.
And having successfully overcome his latest test, the former Sudbury Boxing Club member who names D & B Scaffolding, Tamdown, Swift Ltd and O Neil Contracting Ltd among his sponsors, is now relishing the chance of finally proving his title credentials.
“I wasn’t quite in top shape because I was suffering with a head cold but I dealt with it and got the result which is all that mattered,” he said. “The British Masters Bronze title fight has been arranged for February 13 and that will be my next step in progression.
“Ultimately I want to be challenging for the main British title but that will be a year or so away.
“The Masters fight is moving in the right direction again and takes me a step close to achieving my overall aims.
“I feel I need that higher challenge and it will be great to be given that opportunity.”
With another victory under his belt, ‘Billy Boy’ will now turn his attention to returning to gym in order to be in top peak condition for his title shot next year.
That will see him return to Spain in preparation, as he did prior to his last bout, where he trains alongside some of Britain’s biggest prospects including European, Commonwealth and British middleweight title holder Billy Joe Saunders.
“It is amazing to be able to train with the likes of Billy,” said Bird. “He has been at the stage I am at now and so to see him living his dream now is a real inspiration to me.
“Being around him in that environment is unbelievable, I really couldn’t ask for anymore.
“It has been really helpful to have that experience and a real honour for me.”