July at the National Stadium in Ireland’s capital city.
The unbeaten 25-year-old sharp-shooter now faces Mexican, Julio Cesar Avalos 15-4 for the vacant belt replacing original opponent, Ronny Mittag from Germany.
The fight will provide chief support to Jamie Conlan’s second WBO European super-flyweight title defence against Junior Granados on the joint Frank Warren and MGM Promotions show dubbed ‘New Beginning’.
Avalos from Guadalajara has won 15 out of 19 fights with seven early stoppages. Nicknamed ‘Vikingo’, he comes into the fight off the back of an eight round points win over Carlos Torres and took unbeaten up-and-coming Mexican prospects Ivan Montero and Juan Ruiz the distance.
Despite the switch, the top prospect, originally hailing from Bideford in Devon, is excited to be facing a Mexican known for their durability and fighting skills in the first title challenge of his pro career and believes that the new, tougher opponent will bring out the best in him.
“I’m already in great physical shape ahead of the fight so there’s just a couple of adjustments I need to make to adapt to the new opponent,” said the former England captain.
“Whereas Mittag is a tall, stand up, European style boxer, I’m now having to change to face a rough Mexican who’s shorter, aggressive and more of an attacker,” he continued. “It’s all good experience for me as I develop as a fighter and I have to get in the ring and perform to my best on the night.”
Standing at 6ft 2” tall, Langford trains with renowned coach, Tom Chaney at Hall Green Boxing Club in Birmingham and counts Frankie Gavin as a teammate.
A former England captain, Langford enjoyed a glittering amateur career collecting 86 wins from 106 fights and is most noted for his victories over Commonwealth Games heroes, Callum Smith and Anthony Fowler, who hold a silver and gold medal respectively.
“My trainer, Tom Chaney will tell you I’m sharp as a razor at the moment and now I need to maintain that as I refocus on Avalos, who I reckon is going to be a much harder fighter than Mittag which will bring me up another level.”
The soon to be warring pair share the same age at 25-years-old and neither has fought outside of their native country before.
Boxing is a major sport in the North American country and Mexican fighters are renowned for their toughness such as legends Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and Julio Cesar Chavez to name just a few.
“Mexican boxers come with that fearsome reputation and I know that Avalos is going to be a pretty hard nut to crack,” said Langford. “But I’m now entering championship level and will get a top 15 ranking so fighters like Avalos and others better than him are the guys that I’m going to have beat.”
Frank Warren signed Langford after amassing seven straight wins in the paid ranks and is yet to concede even a single round after 12 fights undefeated.
“I'm on the right track to be mixing with the best fighters in the division and that’s where I want to be so I am more than happy with where it’s going. Obviously, the title shot was much needed and we’ve got it now with the WBO which puts me in the world rankings.
“If I pick this title up then there could be a stepping stone on to bigger and better things so hopefully more titles to come for me, it’s pretty exciting really.”
Langford’s maiden title test tops a star-studded cast with unbeaten prospect Jamie Conlan headlining the ‘New Beginning’ show promoted by Frank Warren featuring some of the best up-and-coming Irish talent including Belfast’s hot-shot bantamweight Ryan Burnett in his tenth pro outing, Dublin prospects Anthony Fitzgerald, Declan Geraghty, Brendan Fitzpatrick, and son of super-middleweight legend, Steve Collins Jr.
Belfast ace Conlan, known as the ‘The Mexican’ for his all-action style, returns to Dublin for the first time in over five years when he destroyed Itsko Veselinov in five rounds in his second pro fight and is regarded by many as one of the most exciting boxers coming through at the moment by thrilling fight fans and the media with his hard-hitting performances.
The 28-year-old seized the WBO European title in April last year, stopping Benjamin Smoes inside seven exhilarating rounds. He followed that up with a quick first defence against Gabor Molnar in June, halting the Hungarian in the third round demonstrating the firepower he carries in both hands.
In the 5ft 7” prospect’s last fight in September, he successfully dealt with his first Mexican test against Jose Estrella to outbox the tough veteran over ten rounds to capture the WBO Intercontinental title and elevate himself inside the top ten of the WBO World rankings.
Patrick Hyland and Ciaran McVarnock will also see action and another Birmingham prospect, unbeaten lightweight Michael Rooney, completes the card as he continues his development in a four-round contest.
Tickets are priced at €25, €40, €60, €100 & €150 and will be available from Ticketmaster on 0818 719 300 or online at www.ticketmaster.ie
Viewers can watch the show live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky channel 437/HD 490, Virgin channel 546 and TalkTalk channel 525).
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