Billy Bird has insisted he has proven himself to be ready for a shot at a domestic title following his victory over Antonio Petrov on Friday, writes Liam Apicella.
Former Sudbury Boxing Club member Bird was taken the distance by his Bulgarian opponent at The Halls in Norwich, before he was confirmed as the victor on a points decision.
Nevertheless, Bird has stressed that he was never worried about the outcome of the fight.
“It was a tough fight and I’m not taking anything away from him because he recovered from a big shot early on and kept coming forward,” said the 22-year-old.
“It came down to outclassing him and I did that. I did a lot of preparation and a hard training camp because there was a lot riding on the fight.
“I couldn’t have performed any better. I boxed brilliantly and he didn’t land many shots, so I went back to my corner relaxed about the result.
‘Billy Boy’, as he is known, now has his eyes fixed firmly on either the Southern Area or Challenger belts.
He is still awaiting confirmation from the British Boxing Board of Control regarding a June bout, yet the middleweight is leaving nothing to chance.
“I’m back in the gym already. I had a lot left in the tank against Petrov and that shows my fitness has improved. I don’t want to lose that,” he added.
“The last fight was all about proving to people that I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things. I feel that I’ve done that and made a statement.
“There are a few people that I’ve got my eye on next and it’s just a case of waiting.”
“I would probably prefer a fight for the Southern Area title, but it would be great to have either of them at this stage of my career.”