Billy Bird is determined to make his dreams a reality by lifting the British Masters light middleweight title belt tomorrow.
The former Sudbury Boxing Club member is on the verge of fulfilling his ambition as he steps back into the ring at Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall to take on Leicestershire-based 31-year-old Simon Henry.
And having won his first nine professional fights, 21-year-old ‘Billy Boy’ is confident of keeping his faultless professional record intact and taking another big step in his burgeoning career.
“Winning that title would mean so much to me” he said. “I’ve been talking about winning the title for years, and to be quite honest I can’t believe I have the chance to fight for it.
“All I can think about is having my hand raised and bringing that belt back home.
“No-one really knows me, but they will come Friday. I’ve come from nothing and could be a Masters title holder by 21, I couldn’t ask for any more.
“Winning a Masters title is a big step for me and really it would be the first big rung on the ladder. Big things could happen off the back of this, and I know this could open some exciting doors for me with bigger promoters.
“The people that have backed me have seen something in me and I’m desperate to repay that faith in me.
“I’ve been so fortunate and this would really make a dream come true.”
In preparation for the bout, Bird — who grew up Cockfield — once again flew out to a training camp in Spain alongside some of Britain’s biggest prospects including European, Commonwealth and British middleweight title holder Billy Joe Saunders.
But more importantly Bird believes he has given himself a massive upper hand by sparring with super welterweight Ben Hall, the man who inflicted defeat on his upcoming opponent in his last fight in November.
“My preparation has been spot-on for the fight,” added Bird, who names D & B Scaffolding, Tamdown, Swift Ltd and O’Neil Contracting Ltd among his sponsors. “I’ve been sparring with some really good lads again like Bradley Saunders and Ben Hall, who beat Simon in his last fight. That has given me a massive advantage because I fully know what to expect, I couldn’t have asked for anything more with Ben.
“I know Simon has been talking about taking the belt back to his hometown, which I’m pleased about because he will be even more disappointed when I’m announced the champion.”