Former British middleweight champion Tommy Langford (20-2) has revealed new training techniques are turning him into a whole different fighter
The Hall Green ABC student is thriving under trainer Tom Chaney ahead of British title rematch
The 28-year-old faces local rival Jason Welborn (23-6) at the Birmingham Arena on the undercard of Amir Khan v Samuel Vargas in a rematch for the British middleweight championship.
After conceding his Lonsdale belt to Welborn on May 4 on a split decision defeat, the former British, Commonwealth and WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion has taken stock, enjoyed an extended break from boxing, and is now putting things right in training, he claims.
“Training is in full flow and going great!” He enthused. “I am pleased to say that I have taken stock of previous mistakes made, not just in my last fight but in many others, and I’d been unknowingly getting few things wrong for quite some time. What was extremely evident to me was that I got it completely wrong on the night; I fought the wrong fight, which was attributed to many things. I’m pleased to say I have identified the reasons why I made those mistakes and have rectified them in training already.
"This time, I am in a very good place, physically and mentally, and a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter, so everything is pointing in the right direction.”
Langford blamed back-to-back training camps for his under par performance in his last fight, having already seen off mandatory opponent Jack Arnfield (25-2) in February on the undercard of George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr WBSS semi-final fight in Manchester.
“The result last April was hugely annoying and extremely frustrating for me, and I was devastated at losing my title. I didn’t get much time to prepare for my last fight and I went from one fight to the next, having only defended my Lonsdale belt to the mandatory challenger Jack Arnfield over 12-rounds in mid-February. I had to work very hard in that fight on and I can see now that back-to-back camps at my level is detrimental and that appropriate rest is vitally important.
"Although I’ve had periods of inactivity between fights, due to one reason or another, there has been very little respite in either my training or mental state of mind. This recent break has allowed me close off completely and have a real holiday. The switch-off has been extremely important and I didn’t realise how much I really needed it!”
The former England amateur captain initially landed the British title with a split decision win over Sam Sheedy (17-1) in November 2016 and is adamant that he will reclaim the coveted belt in his next fight as the challenger.
“I’m really looking forward to performing on a big stage again and winning back my British title on one of the biggest nights of boxing in the UK."
Headliner Amir Khan (32-4) will face WBA No.10 Samuel Vargas (29-3-2) in the main event as he sets his sights on welterweight world honours this year.
‘Ruthless’ Ryan Kelly (11-1) defends his Midlands Area super-welterweight title against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball (9-0).
Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington (22-4) and super-bantamweight star Gamal Yafai both bolster the bill with more title fights and stars to be added shortly.
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