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Tommy Langford ready to make a statement in British title defence

By Matt Wilson | Boxing | Published:

Baggies bomber Tommy Langford is confident that he’ll make a ‘big statement’ in Manchester tonight when he defends his British title for the first time.

Tommy Langford at The Hawthorns. (AMA)

The Middleweight champion is coming up against the number one mandatory challenger Jack Arnfield on the undercard of George Groves’s big fight with Chris Eubank Jr.

And the 28-year-old Albion-mad fan from Birmingham, who writes a column for the Baggies programme, believes he will ‘completely dominate’ his opponent.

“I’ve done all the hard work in my training camp so it’s just a case of putting everything into practice on the night,” he told the Devon Journal.

“I came face to face with my opponent at the press conference on Monday and he’s not as tall as I expected.

“He says he believes he will win, which is fair enough, because he has his game plan that he’s been working on, but it’s a completely different thing when I’m standing there in front of him because it will all go straight out the window and he’ll be forced into fighting my fight.

“I have never fought a boxer like Arnfield in the pros before and he’s in for a big shock on fight night because I’ll completely dominate him.

“I’ll stay disciplined to the game plan from the first bell, but there’s only one thing that’s going to happen and it’ll be a convincing win from me.

“I’ve been waiting to defend my British title for over a year and I plan to make a big statement with my first defence.”

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Langford is tipping Groves to beat his former sparring partner Eubank Jr. in the World Boxing Super Series semifinal.

“I’ve sparred with Eubank and I know he doesn’t hit hard and have one-punch power,” he told ESPN. “I’ve sparred with a lot of fighters that hit harder than Eubank.

“He’s very sharp and fast so he might land three or four on the trot and it might rattle Groves, but it won’t knock him out. I’ve heard that Groves has got dynamite power. Look what he did to Carl Froch in their first fight.”

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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