JJ Bird is targeting a rematch after battling to a draw with an unbeaten fighter at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
JJ Bird is targeting a rematch after battling to a draw with an unbeaten fighter at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.Bird stepped in at just two days' notice to face unbeaten hometown boxer Rob Kenney and the Peterborough boxer came away with a draw after a hard-fought four-round clash.
Referee Terry O'Connor scored the fight 38-38 – meaning both boxers won two rounds apiece.
Bird thought he had done enough to nick the points verdict and had the 22 year-old started the fight the way he finished it, the Gary De Roux-trained boxer would have been a convincing points winner.
Usually quick out of the blocks, Bird's timing wasn't there in the opening two rounds and Kenney's bustling attacks took him into an early points lead on the scorecard of the referee as he looked to stretch his unbeaten record to 10 fights.
Bird had more success in the third round and then dominated the last when he found his rhythm.
He moved well, pumped out quick jabs and Kenney hardly laid a glove on him.
"I had just started to get going and then the fight finished," said Bird.
"I am sure I would have won the fight convincingly if it had been over six rounds and hopefully, the rematch can be made over the longer distance.
"I think I'm ready to make the step up to six and eight-round level.
"I thought I had done enough to win the fight anyway, but it's always going to be hard to get the decision when you are boxing away from home against an unbeaten boxer.
"But my manager and trainer were pleased with the way I boxed and that's the main thing."
Kenney's next fight will be against Dale Miles for the vacant Midlands Area light-middleweight title in Burton-on-Trent on May 31 and Bird plans to be at ringside to watch the 10-round battle.
Bird was unlucky to drop a points decision to Miles last November and said: "I would definitely be interested in fighting the winner of that.
"I'm just going to keep training, wait for the phone to ring and see what happens."