On Thursday 26th January, British middleweight champion Tommy Langford was honoured by the Bideford Town Council for his achievements in boxing.
The 27-year-old, ranked second in the world, received the prestigious Town Shield from Mayor David Howell in recognition of his sporting accomplishments and loyalty to his hometown.
The Bideford-born boxer is currently unbeaten in 18 professional fights with three major titles and originally started his career at the town’s amateur boxing club before moving to Birmingham to attend university and to further his fighting career under the tutelage of top trainer Tom Chaney.
From the age of 12, Langford collected over 20 national boxing titles whilst training at Bideford ABC, and returns often to support the club and young boxers in their events.
The father of one takes time out each week to write a guest column in the local North Devon Journal newspaper to keep fans updated with his progress, and consistently mentions his hometown in media interviews, passionately flying the flag for the historic port town where he grew up and family still reside.
He told the North Devon Gazette, “It’s a real honour for me to receive this.
“I am a Bideford boy and I owe this town a huge amount.
“I am just hugely grateful for this and will continue to represent Bideford throughout my career.”
Mayor Howell said there was no dispute from anyone on the council about presenting Langford with the award, “It was Councillor Pester who suggested we should present him with the crest. Needless to say it was passed unanimously.
“I would like to say thank you for never forgetting where your roots are.
“You always say you’re a Bideford person and the town owes you a great deal of gratitude.”
Langford will shortly be going into his next training camp for the first defence of his Lonsdale belt against Craig Cunningham (17-1) on April 22nd at the Leicester Arena.
The fight will be televised live on BT Sport as part of Tommy’s promoter Frank Warren’s landmark TV deal.
Langford commented on his forthcoming opponent, “Craig’s last three fights have been a real step up in class, especially when he beat Olymic Bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo.
“He’ll come to win but I’m expecting a big performance on the night.”
He urged, “I really need all of my North Devon fans to get behind me for this first British title defence, it’s important to me to get as many there as possible to really raise the roof.”
Sharing the bill, British super-lightweight champion Tyrone Nurse (34-2-1), 27-years-old from Huddersfield, has the chance to win the Lonsdale belt outright if he can successfully defend it against ex-English titleholder Joe Hughes (15-2), 26 from Wiltshire.
Indian superstar and former Olympian Vijender Singh (8-0) will face Jahmaine Smyle in a 10-round super-middleweight championship contest.
Local lad, super-featherweight Leon Woodstock (8-0), will be looking to extend his unbeaten run in front of his home crowd.
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