Billy Bird is out to prove his British title credentials as he puts his faultless professional record on the line once again in his toughest bout to date.
The 21-year-old makes his return to the ring for the first time since gaining a points victory over Kieron Gray back in June, when he faces veteran Manchester-based Dee Mitchell at Norwich’s Mercy Premier Nightclub in his eighth professional fight on Saturday.
Since then the former Sudbury Boxing Club member who names D & B Scaffolding, Tamdown, Swift Ltd and O Neil Contracting Ltd among his sponsors, has been hard in training at London-based Peacock Gym, losing weight in order to get in shape for his first scheduled four round bout.
And it is that preparation that ‘Billy Boy’ believes stands him in good stead against the 37-year-old as he intends to make a statement.
“This is the fight that I want to show what I am all about,” he said.
“It is time to prove who I am as a boxer. I have felt my way into the professional ranks so far and now I want to prove what I’m about.”
“I’m at a lower weight now and hopefully I can show that I am quicker and more nimble, that should be a big advantage.
“I know if I can get this fight out of the way then there are great things coming for me, I want a British Masters title shot within six months.”
Despite his lofty ambitions, Bird is also well aware of the dangers of being complacent against his greater experienced opponent.
“ He is a very tough journeyman and he knows the ins and outs of the ring,” he added.
“I want to put on a show but I don’t need any blemishes on my record at this stage of my career.
“However I want to push him throughout the four rounds and take control, the plan is stop him.”