Sudbury’s Billy Bird set to return to action
British Masters Light-Middleweight champion Billy Bird returns to the ring on May 30, to face an opponent who took British, Commonwealth and European champion Billy-Joe Saunders the distance.
The Sudbury fighter puts his unbeaten 10-fight record on the line against Surrey’s Gary Boulden, a gutsy opponent who proved a tricky proposition for Lowestoft’s Anthony Ogogo, for five rounds, in 2013.
Boulden has a losing record, having lost 18 of his 27 bouts, but should not be underestimated according to Bird, who will go toe-to-toe with the 29-year-old in the main event at Mercy Nightclub, Norwich.
“He is a very, very good kid who went 10 rounds with Billy-Joe Saunders and also boxed Anthony Ogogo in Hull,” said Bird, who is sponsored by Tamdown, Swift, O’Neill Construction, GMB Finch and D&B Scaffolding.
“Anthony stopped him in the fifth but he is a very good name to have on my record.
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“I have been training the last six weeks and I have done my homework on him and he is a good come forward fighter.
“He won’t make it easy for me but is the sort of opponent I need to be facing and I am expecting a tough night given how he fared against Ogogo and Saunders.”
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Bird was last in action in February when he defeated Simon Henry, also in Norwich, to win the British Masters belt.
This fight is unlikely to be a defence of that belt for Bird, who is keen to go onwards and upwards.
The 22-year-old said: “I think it will be a non-title fight, over six rounds.
“If I can get through unscathed then I will wait and see what is offered next.
“I have been told that there are some big things to be offered to me and I want to go for a Southern Area or British title fight, something along those lines.
“For now, I told the promoters that I could sell enough tickets to be the main event and I should have between 90 and 110 people coming to support me, which will be great.
Tickets can be purchased from Billy Bird on 07717 315528 and are priced at £35 and £60. Doors open at Mercy Nightclub at 6pm.