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Langford Looking To Continue Momentum On Lee vs Saunders Card

by Niall Doran


Tommy will be part of the massive Andy Lee vs Billy Joe Saunders show


Looking to finish 2015 with a bang

Unbeaten Bideford-born boxer, Tommy Langford (14-0) received confirmation of his next fight booked on the bumper bill of boxing on December 19th in Manchester, live on BoxNation TV.

Heading into his 15th fight, the WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion will defend his maiden title for a second time against a challenger yet to be announced.


The Birmingham-based ace stated:

“It’s great to be on the show. It’ll be another defence of my title but I’m hoping to fight for another belt.”

Lee vs Saunders

In the main event, it’ll be third time lucky when WBO World middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-2-1) finally puts his world title on the line against rival Billy Joe Saunders (22-0) in the highly-anticipated showdown that has twice been cancelled.

Originally set for September in Limerick, Langford was booked as chief support on the history-making show that will see two travellers fighting for a World title for the first time before the date was scrapped when titleholder, Lee fell ill.

Rescheduled for October 10th, it was then the challenger’s turn to scupper the show, announcing that he had picked up a cut in training.


In the meantime, Langford headlined his own show on October 3rd at the familiar venue of the Wolves Civic, successfully defending his newly-attained WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title over 10 rounds.

2015 has been a year to remember so far

Taken past round six for the first time in his career, the 26-year-old defeated Argentinian national champion Christian Fabian Rios (20-7-3) on points by the widest of margins with two judges scoring the contest at 100-90 in the Brit’s favour and the third official ruling at 100-91, live on BoxNation TV.

The result meant that not only is the 160-pounder’s perfect record still intact but also his worthy feat of never conceding a round in over three years and 14 fights in the paid ranks.

A worthy contender, the 32-year-old challenger can still claim to have never been stopped in 30 fights and over seven years as a pro. The South American southpaw once held Matthew Macklin’s conqueror and current WBC International middleweight champion, Jorge Sebastian Heiland to a draw in 2012.

Langford, a six-foot-tall middleweight from Weoley Castle in Birmingham has seen his position elevated to the top five in the British and WBO rankings, nudging him closer to Andy Lee’s WBO World title.

“That’s the ultimate goal to what I’m heading for and it’s realistic that I could be mandatory in 12 months for the WBO Word title, especially if Billy Joe Saunders wins it,” he hoped.

“Titles-wise, I’m not chasing anybody, I’ve got my own path now but it’d be nice to pick up a few belts on the way to that WBO World title. I’m a young 26-year-old, not been in any hard fights and never lost a round so I’ve not had any toe-to-toe, grafting wars, so I’m fresh. I’m red hot now and just got to keep the momentum going.”

(Image courtesy of Tim Rickson)

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