Bird is mixing it with the best

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HOT city prospect JJ Bird has recently been rubbing shoulders with the best in the business.

HOT city prospect JJ Bird has recently been rubbing shoulders with the best in the business.The rising star from Gary De Roux's Phoenix stable took time out from preparations for his next professional fight to model the new range of Reebok sports clothing with Amir Khan as part of the 2007 catalogue for local sports supplier Escape.

And after a few rounds of 'sparring' for the cameras, Commonwealth lightweight champion Khan said he was very impressed with the young Peterborough fighter's skill level.

As a young up-and-coming sports star himself, Khan also found time to pass on the benefit of his experiences, offering lots of advice and encouragement.

Bird turned professional earlier this year with De Roux and at 20 years old he is at the very start of his career in the paid ranks.

But with two wins already from the professional arena and a solid background of amateur fights to call upon, the future looks bright.

He's quickly climbing up the British rankings and is already one of the highest ranked light-middleweights in the area.

Bird has the perfect physique for boxing, standing over six feet tall, He has a superb reach and possesses a high level of silky smooth skills. He loves his boxing with a passion and is proving to be very popular with a growing band of city fight fans.

His manager De Roux is very excited by Bird's progress.

He said: "JJ is a star in the making and brings pure talent and quality to Peterborough's boxing scene."With Frank Warren's Sports Network interested in promoting shows at the new arena at the East of England Showground later in the year, and with Dean Powell from Sports Network also co-managing JJ, he knows he has a golden opportunity in front of him."

Bird is looking forward to his first fight of the season at the Showground on September 21.

He said: "I always love fighting at this venue and this is a great chance for anyone to see quality professional boxing close up and feel the big fight atmosphere."

Bird boxes on the show with his Phoenix team-mates Rory Malone, who makes his professional debut, and the ever popular Jamie Spence, along with Sebastian Hart from Gordon Webster's gym in Norfolk Street.

Tickets for the show are available from Kevin Sanders Promotions on 01733 371912 or from Bird on 07835 924908.

Ken Norton has been forced to pull out of Kevin Sanders' sporting dinner tomorrow at the Showground but has been replaced by TWO other former world heavyweight champions.

Norton, famous for breaking Muhammad Ali's jaw, has suffered a serious knee injury and is unable to make the trip from America.

Now diners will be entertained by Tommy Morrison and Tony 'TNT' Tucker.

George Chuvalo, who twice went the distance with Ali in world title fights and who fought Joe Frazier and George Foreman, was originally accompanying Norton on the trip and he is still attending.

Morrison was one of the hardest hitting heavyweights of the 1990s and captured the WBO heavyweight crown in 1993 by beating Foreman.

His biggest claim to fame though is playing Tommy Gunn in the Rocky V movie. He is also a grandnephew of Hollywood star John Wayne.

Tucker briefly held the IBF heavyweight championship after defeating James 'Buster' Douglas for the title in 1987. In his first defence of the title just 64 days later, Tucker lost the IBF crown to Mike Tyson via a 12-round decision.