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Return to ring for ‘Billy Boy’ put back to April

DELAY: Boxer Billy Bird
DELAY: Boxer Billy Bird

Billy Bird is confident he will have a title fight this year despite seeing his long-awaited return to the ring put back until next month, writes Alex Moss.

The former Sudbury Boxing Club member was set to end a 10-month absence from competitive action in Norwich this weekend, but his scheduled bout has been postponed over contract issues.

Although it will have been almost a year since his last fight when he returns to the ring next month, Bird insists this recent postponement will not set him back from what he hopes will be a big year.

“It’s part and parcel of the game,” the 23-year-old conceded. “You have to live with it and deal with it in a professional manner.

“It’s a bit annoying because I’ve been out for so long, with injuries, and it’s been one thing after another, but it does mean I get an extra long camp now for this fight.

“A few extra weeks in the gym won’t do me any harm and I still think it’s going to be a big year for me.

“I’ve got some great fights lined up. This is a make or break year for myself and I’m confident of having a title fight at some point this year.”

Bird’s last competitive bout was on May 14 last year, when he beat Lithuania’s Evaldas Korsakas to win the International Classic Challenge belt.

A new date for his return bout has yet to be confirmed, but Bird is hopeful of it being staged in the first weekend of April in either Brentwood or London.

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