Bird steps up to face tough test

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Billy Bird takes another step forward in his so-far unbeaten professional boxing career when he takes on Gary Boulden in Norwich on Saturday.

The former Sudbury Boxing Club member, victorious in his first 10 professional bouts, feels Boulden, from Surrey, a former Southern Area champion, will prove a stern test and a measure of his progress.

Bird, 22, light middleweight British Masters champion, is not putting his belt on the line. Boulden’s record — won seven, lost 18 — includes a defeat by Anthony Ogogo, Bird’s sparring partner, and he is hoping to do the same.

“His record doesn’t do him justice,” said Bird. “He has been in with some class fighters. It’s another step forward for me, as my opponents are getting harder, and it will be a big test, but I’m ready for it.”

n Subury ABC’s Jack Wiffen lost a close points decision to David Tierney (Repton Boys Club) in the under-40kg England Schoolboy Championships at Bristol on Sunday.

Wiffen won the first round, but the taller Tierney changed tactics to take the second, and narrowly shade the third.

Wiffen will be in the club team taking part in the Monkstown Box Cup in Dublin in July.

Joe Marsh, 12, made his competitive debut against Ben Bleskey (Bexley) at Harwich on Saturday, taking a unanimous decision. Marsh, 35kg, took the fight to Bleskey throughout the three rounds.

Sudbury ABC have an open show at Sudbury Rugby Club on June 13, with bouts starting at 5.30pm.