Billy Bird has admitted that it will be a case of ‘make or break’ when he takes to the ring in Norwich tomorrow night, writes Liam Apicella.
The former Sudbury Boxing Club member will be up against an unnamed Bulgarian opponent at The Halls, with the knowledge that victory would give him a shot at a domestic title.
As a result, the 22-year-old, who has won 12 of his 13 bouts since turning professional, believes his career is approaching a defining moment.
“This is the biggest fight of my career without a doubt,” he said.
“It’s about time we started to look towards the next chapter and a win would open bigger doors.
“We’ve reached make or break on whether my career is going to progress from here. It’s that big.”
With such significance riding on the outcome, Bird has accepted there is plenty of pressure on his shoulders.
That was also the case when he was defeated for the only time by Mike Byles last year.
However, Billy Boy is confident that this time around he is in the best shape to cope with the demands.
“I try not to see it as pressure, more an opportunity that I have to take,” he added.
“I’ve changed some things for the better, like getting back on board with my nutritionist.
“You cannot cut corners in this sport and I’ve learned that. I’m now in the best condition I’ve been in for a long time.
“I’ve got some great sponsors and family behind me, so this is as much for them as it is me.”