So the biggest fight of the century disappointed most spectators but 25-year-old Midlands boxer, Tommy Langford gave the public what they wanted in an open workout session at his old amateur club - Bideford ABC.
The Birmingham-based middleweight went back to his hometown in North Devon to participate in an open training session at his old boxing club in the town of Bideford.
The local club opened its doors in the early afternoon on Sunday 3rd
May just a few hours after the two best boxers in the world settled their five year feud to decide who the greatest of the era is - Floyd Mayweather answered the question unanimously on points.
The club requested a small donation on admission entirely at the attendee’s discretion to raise funds for the local community for a new defibrillator.
“We raised lots of money which is the main thing and I spoke with all of the young kids afterwards and offered them my advice, it was great to see such a good turnout,” said Langford.
Unbeaten in 12 pro fights, Langford was the star attraction sparring against other club members and performing in training routines for fans to enjoy and for aspiring young boxers to get a glimpse of what is required at the professional level of the sport.
The former club captain said, “It’s an honour to have been asked and was great for the people to see as not everyone can get to my fights or see me training, what with me being based in the Midlands.”
Langford was granted a sports scholarship at Birmingham University seven years ago and moved 200 miles from Bideford to Birmingham to further his boxing career under the tutelage of top trainer, Tom Chaney.
The Devonian-turned-Brummie took part in a bit of sibling rivalry and sparred with the current club captain, his younger brother Jack.
A former Schoolboys Junior champion, now 23-years-old, Jack recently reached the senior ABA semi-finals losing out to overall champion and Commonwealth Games 2014 gold medallist, Anthony Fowler.
A past Bideford ABC club captain himself, Tommy Langford was also a captain of the England team and left the amateurs with an incredible record of 86 wins from 106 fights.
Crowned as the Midlands ABA champion four years running from 2008-2011, he is most noted for his victories over Commonwealth Games heroes, Callum Smith and the aforementioned Anthony Fowler, who hold a silver and gold medal respectively.
Now, the mid-twenties unbeaten pro is signed to Frank Warren and will be challenging for his first title in his next fight after reaching 12 straight victories without ever conceding a single round.
For more information about joining Bideford ABC contact Dick Kersey on 07841 846552
Tommy Langford would like to thank his sponsors, MAN Commercial Protection
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and PR Manager Tim Rickson
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