Former British and Commonwealth middleweight champion Tommy Langford (21-4) provided a brief update on his professional boxing career, “Unfortunately, it’s quite complicated. I’ve been hoping that the phone would ring for another opportunity, but sadly it has not.”
Langford’s last fight was a unanimous decision defeat to unbeaten Londoner Lerrone Richards for the Commonwealth super-middleweight title last April in London.
Since then, the opportunities have stalled, despite eager to continue driving forward with sparepartstore.co.uk in his career that has seen him win 21 from 25 fights and lift three major titles.
The ‘Baggies Bomber’ continued, “I’m therefore in two minds about what’s next for me and it’s a very hard decision to make.
“I’ve fallen into a ‘Who needs him?’ category as a fighter, which basically means being picked by a fighter to challenge for their titles is highly unlikely because I’m a high risk with little reward.
“Most promoters would want me on their shows as I always come to win, I’ve been involved in ‘Fight of the Year’ contests so I guarantee excitement and action, and I never say no to any fight.
“But unless the fighter actually wants it then it just isn’t going to happen. And it all comes down to risk and reward really. Most fighters won’t want to fight me because they know they’ll be in for a hard 12 rounds. As I don’t have a title, fighting me brings very little reward but a lot of risk to their records.”
Formerly a Frank Warren fighter, the 30-year-old West Brom FC fan is now signed to local promoter Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions.
“So, I now have to make a decision on what I plan to do next. I love fighting still, that’s never has been an issue, I’m not worn out and have plenty left to give but also I have to ask myself what are the chances of the big fights and rewarding pay days materialising from that I know I deserve and what sacrifices am I going to have to make in order to be successful in securing something meaningful.
“This is where I’m at, at the moment, just taking my time to make the right decision to ensure it’s the right one!”
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Vacant Commonwealth and WBO International super-middleweight contest
Former British and Commonwealth middleweight champion Tommy Langford (21-4, 6KOs) was defeated by unbeaten Lerrone Richards (12-0, 3KOs) by unanimous decision to win the vacant Commonwealth and WBO International super-middleweight titles on April 27 at The SSE Arena in Wembley.
‘Sniper the Boss’ had only fought three fighters with winning records during his five-year pro career, with his last fight back in March 2018, but his inactivity wasn’t evident in his dominant performance over the experienced former British and Commonwealth middleweight titlist, who had fought 30 rounds within the last year.
The first round between the two technically-gifted tacticians was a tepid affair as both worked intelligently behind their jabs.
The fight opened up a bit further in the second and third rounds as the pair exchanged a lot more. Richards caught Langford with a check right hook but only seemed to slightly off balance the warrior.
The fourth round was much the same, with both trying to find an edge over the other but not being able to gain one, however Richards finished strongly with a combination that connected cleanly on Langford.
26-year-old Richards displayed the type of prowess in the first third of the fight that he more than belonged at this level and was looking more and more comfortable.
The middle rounds started to show Richards’ strength and conditioning as he was opening up and landing combinations increasingly with the more experienced Langford not being able to penetrate his guard with anything really meaningful.
In the ninth stanza, a solid left from Richards landed on Langford, who immediately came forward and forced the Londoner back, eager to exact his revenge.
The fight was living up to its expectation as a very tight, tense, intriguing spectacle with either fighter still being able to take the fight with a strong finish.
‘Sniper the Boss’ started to show his composure in the championship rounds, despite his lack of experience there, and scored some vicious uppercuts that kept Langford firmly on the back foot.
Another strong left landed in the 10th round that caught the Birmingham-based boxer flush and triggered a sustained attack from Richards that saw a dozen unanswered punches hit home as Langford covered up, but still he marched forward undeterred, knowing he was trailing on the cards.
Langford kept the pressure on but wasn’t able to land anything clean to the head, having more success with rights to the body instead. However, it was the strongest round of the night for Richards, who landed close to half a dozen power punches even finishing with another strong left hand on the bell.
In the penultimate and final rounds, Langford showed a big heart to keep going, applying pressure at every moment, persistently going forward but Richards finished what he started really well to keep connecting all the way through to the final bell.
Langford said post-fight, “It was a very frustrating night at the office for me. I lost the decision without ever really being in a fight, if that makes sense!
“Full credit to Lerrone Richards, he is the king of negativity and very good at what he does and made it incredibly difficult for me to land clean all night. He’s very clever and made it work for him.
“I was always trying to press and make the fight, but he rigidly stuck to his game plan and made it work for him throughout the entire 12-rounds.
“It was an extremely frustrating fight to be in, but I’ll dust myself off and see what’s next.”
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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