Suffolk boxer Billy Bird stops Ben Robinson and warns “bring on the next one”
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Promising Suffolk pro boxer Billy Bird notched the first stoppage of his short career on Saturday night – and promised more is to come.
Middleweight Bird, from Sudbury, was delighted as his crushing right hands to the body ended the resistance of Ben Robinson in the third round at the Epic Centre in Norwich.
“There are still more things to learn - I am still young, only 20, and I am loving it,” said Bird, now unbeaten in five pro bouts.
“That feeling tonight was such a good feeling. I am glad my fans were here and it’s a case of just bring on the next one – the next one will be even better because I like that feeling.
“He came here for a fight. He was bigging it up on Facebook, saying he was here to take my ‘O’and he came unstuck.
“Credit to him – he stuck in and I thought it was going to go all the way. But I knew, and (trainer) Graham (Everett) said to work the body and keep going and when you know he is weak, keep going at it.
“And that is what happened. I tied him down, I hit him with a right hand to the body and I knew, I felt him going. Afterwards he told me he couldn’t do anything more, it took everything out of him.”
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Bird travels across the border to train under Graham Everett at the Kick Stop Gym in Norwich.
“I go into the gym every day and the hard bit is training,” he laughed. “This is the easy bit.
“I feel as the rounds go on I get stronger. I might look like I am tiring but I am not. I can give you 12 rounds, I can give you 14 rounds, as many rounds as you want. As the rounds go on I get stronger.”
Elsewhere on the card, Lowestoft’s Craig Poxton had Ben Morrish on the canvas with a sweet right at the end of the first round, but the Plymouth fighter recovered to see out the four rounds, the decision going Poxton’s way 39:36.
There was a debut win for Beccles middleweight Joe Payne, who beat Lithuanian Arvydas Trizno 40:36.