After getting back to winning ways in his last fight against Miguel Aguilar, British middleweight champion Tommy Langford is back in action this weekend at the Manchester Arena on the undercard of George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr. Langford faces off against Jack Arnfield, who will be looking to make amends from his previous British title fight in 2015, in which he was defeated on points by Nick Blackwell.
So Tom, reflecting on your most recent performance last month, how do you feel the points win over Miguel Aguilar at the First Direct Arena went for you?
A) To be honest at first I was a little disappointed because it would have been nice to stop him but then it’s always nice to get the win inside the distance. But upon reflection I’m a 12 round fighter so 6 rounds throwing plenty of punches isn’t going to do me any harm. And when someone comes to survive and nothing more it’s very hard to get them out of there. So it was a good straight forward run out really.
Was it a relief to get back to winning ways after your first career defeat at the hands of Avtandil Khurtsidze in April?
A) It was just a relief to get back in the ring. I was prepared to jump straight back in and defend my British title straight away so it was annoying I had to wait so long and then it was a 6 rounder but that’s boxing for you so it was just a relief to get back in there.
What kind of preparations do you undertake during a training camp prior to a fight?
A) I normally do an 8 week training camp which will include training 2-3 times a day.
Morning sessions are boxing based including sparring, pads, bags skipping etc.
Evening sessions running, track work or strength and conditioning.
1 day off a week.
Can you give us an insight into what you’ll be doing to prepare for the Arnfield fight, or is that something that you cannot share right now?
A) Really, the only changes to a camp are in the sparring. I will be sparring someone tall with a fast jab.
What dangers do you think Arnfield will pose, given his 6-match winning streak, and most recently, his points victory against Adam Jones in Liverpool?
A) Arnfield is obviously confident coming off recent wins but that will mean he’ll be in for a bigger shock when things don’t go as he plans. Truly he is simply a good boxer who has employed decent strategy. But I don’t see him having much of a plan B and if I’m honest looking at his significant results vs Ryder, I thought he was lucky but more that Ryder wasn’t on the boil. Not forgetting Ryder has twice failed to win the British. And his win vs Rose, Rose is a career light middleweight who is far past his best and he only just edged that.
Adam Jones gave Arnfield problems he didn’t look great but sometimes 6 rounders are hard to get up for.
What are you hoping the future holds for you beyond the Jack Arnfield fight?
A) Just regular fights be it British or beyond, obviously I’d love to push back up to European and World level but first I have to deal with the domestic scene a bit.
What are your goals for 2018? Or is it hard to look beyond your next bout, as you take things step by step.
A) I can’t look beyond this fight so win this then take what comes my way.
Finally, do you see any possibility of getting to fight Chris Eubank Jr at some point in the future, given his withdrawal from your scheduled bout last year?
A) I really don’t know there are lots of possibilities down the road but they all depend on so many different things so who knows really.
Tommy Langford will be defending his British Title against Jack Arnfield this Saturday and can be watched on ITV PPV as part of the Eubank v Groves card.