Victory against Antonio Petrov could see Sudbury’s Billy Bird in line for a title shot

Billy Bird

Billy Bird

Suffolk boxer Billy Bird could be in line for a shot at a domestic title, should he come through his next bout against Bulgaria’s Antonio Petrov on Friday night (March 4).

The 22-year-old middleweight returns to the ring at The Halls, in Norwich, almost four months after his last fight – a victory over Duane Green at the same venue.

Should the bout go the right way, then bigger and better things could be on the horizon for Bird, who has suffered just one defeat in 13 fights since making his professional debut almost three years ago.

“If it all goes according to plan then there is likely to be a big fight to be announced nearer to my home town as a result,” said Bird.

“There is no reason that it shouldn’t and my training is going really well at the moment.

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“I have changed a lot of things, in terms of my strength and conditioning, and I am working with my nutritionist (Mike Jones) again, after not using him for my last two fights.

“That is definitely helping, in terms of the way I train, how I recover from training and when it comes to making weight.”

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Bird still has time on his side and with just the one blot on his copybook, everything is geared towards a successful future for the youngster.

Discussing his only loss, a points defeat to Mike Byles at York Hall, last June, Bird reflected: “I think a lot of that (defeat) was down to some personal issues that I had to sort out.

“Making the weight was another factor but I have got my nutritionist back on board now and I feel like a different fighter.

“It’s been a good start to the year for me, I am doing extra training outside of gym hours and I have changed a few other things and hopefully that is going to show.”

There are still some tickets left for ‘Friday Fight Night at The Halls 3’ on March 4 and can be purchased from Bird on 07717 315528.

Also on the bill will be Norwich heavyweight, Sam Sexton, 31, who has lost three times in his career, twice to Dereck Chisora.

Bird would like to thank his sponsors, Swift Construction, D&B Scaffolding, Tamdown, O’Neill Construction and Powerlift for their continued support.

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