Q&A with Tommy Langford

Published On Friday, June 19, 2015By
Undefeated middleweight, Tommy Langford 12-0 challenges for his first ever title on American Independence Day in Dublin. The 25-year-old from Birmingham will be vying for the WBO Inter-Continental title in his 13th fight on July 4th at The National Stadium in Ireland’s capital city. The fight will provide chief support to Jamie Conlan’s second WBO European super-flyweight title defence on the joint Frank Warren and MGM Promotions show dubbed ‘New Beginning’. We pitched a few questions at the Devonian-turned-Brummie and here’s what he had to say:     Tommy on his career so far: “It is progressing just how I want it to really. I just finished my first year with Frank Warren and we’re moving onto Inter-Continental’s now in my second year. That’s going to get me to top 10 in the WBO - providing I get the win. 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. If I pick this title up then there could be more titles to come for me, it’s pretty exciting really.”   Tommy on his next fight: “It’s a different sort of opponent this time, the Wayne Reed fight was a while ago now and I’ve improved a lot since then, I’ve stayed in the gym practising so I’m going to put on a very polished performance. Reed was the perfect opponent for that kind of display because he came to fight and stood in front of me but the next opponent will be harder and more awkward. I want to push on and get up in the rankings and get one of those Inter-Continental belts, as it gives me a bigger scope of opponents rather than simply sticking to the domestic route. Frank Warren and my manager, Jason McClory managed to pull it off, so I got that in July and I’m more than ready to step through the ropes now with three weeks to go still. Although it’s my first fight outside of England, it’s still a Frank Warren promotion in association with MGM so I’m still really the home fighter and I have a lot of support going over to Dublin to watch me. I got some support over there as well - Irish fighters and Irish fans - so hopefully I will have a good percentage of the crowd. A good win will grow my reputation.”   Tommy on his first title opportunity: “It’s going to be brilliant, I can’t wait for it really. Obviously, the title shot was much needed and we’ve got it now with the WBO which puts me in the world rankings. I just want to get in there and get underway really and obviously lifting that first belt would be a big achievement for me but it’s more of a stepping stone on to bigger and better things.”   Tommy on his training camp: “My training camp has gone spot on, it’s all gone very well and it’s the last couple of weeks now. My weight is brilliant, everything has gone spot on. I’m eating more and losing weight all thanks to Kerry Kayes from CNP, he’s been showing me some different stuff I’ve not tried before so I’m feeling strong. Fingers crossed there will be no hiccups now in the run-up to the fight.”   Tommy on sparring Callum Smith: “I’ve been doing three weeks of sparring with Callum Smith and it’s been brilliant, I can’t fault it. He’s fighting Rebrasse for the WBC Silver super-middleweight title so they asked me to come up to Manchester because they were looking for sparring and I’m always up for sparring anybody. I’ve known Callum since the amateurs but that level of sparring is the level I need to push me on and improve me onto the next stage. He’s a top-notch fighter and you’ve got to be on the ball in there, all of the time. I’m always trying to upset him and he does it back to me. If I get a good round in then he’ll try and change it up and come back at me. Both me and my trainer, Tom Chaney have really had to think and it’s developed us as a team. In between rounds, we are working out strategies, it’s nice to go away and correct it. I’ve probably done around 50 rounds with Callum in the last three weeks and I feel razor sharp after all that sparring, I’m just under three weeks away from my fight so I’ll need another couple of spars but I’ve already hit my sharpness so it’ll be nothing too strict, it’s just to keep me polished now. I feel like I’ve improved a lot because of it all and I’m sure that Callum has got a lot out of it as well. I want to do that all of the time now, just keep mixing it up with high calibre lads in sparring.”   Tommy on Gallagher’s Gym: “I’ve been training in Gallaghers Gym with the likes of Anthony Crolla, Paul Smith, Callum Johnson, David Brophy, Scott Quigg but you just go into training mode, get your head down and it’s business as usual. I was well looked after, the gym itself is nice, although very hot so it’s like fighting under those big lights on fight night. You’re there to spar and to do your thing, the fact that all these top level champion boxers are there goes into the back of your mind because you’re fixed on what you’re doing, although it’s good to watch them sparring and pick up things from them.”   Tommy on his team: “My trainer, Tommy Chaney has trained me since the amateurs, he’s brilliant, knows me inside out, knows everything I need to do, knows the boxing game so well. He’s so professional in everything he does in his approach. Everything he says, if I do it right, I know I will get the result. He’s the tactician really. I have my manager Jason McClory, who also does my cut work. He’s a really good cutsman and been involved in some big fights in the past, so it’s very good to have his experience and knowledge in the corner. I have also got another second, Shawn Cugan - who has helped out the start of my pro-career - being the second in the corner. It’s just nice to have people around you who you know - it makes you feel more comfortable on the night and everything like that. Kerry Kayes from CNP helps me with my diet and I’ve also just started working with a new strength and conditioning coach, Des Witter, instead of doing it all myself, all of the time and I’m also working with another guy called Ricky who works with Frankie [Gavin] and some of the stuff that he’s been doing with me has been brilliant so there’s a lot of new things in the training camp this time. I’ve also got some great sponsors on board, they are MAN Commercial Protection, Strategy Plus Web Design, Action Graphics, Panel Wizards, Atlas Pain Relief, Fighting Fit City Gym, Ringside UK and a mention also to my PR Manager Tim Rickson”   Tommy on being Frankie Gavin’s second in world title fight with Kell Brook: “I’ve experienced the world title fight from the dressing room so now I want to be involved in my own one! I got my second licence so I could help out in the corner and it was good to be part of it all.” I did do some sparring with Frankie [Gavin] before his last fight with Kell Brook. I was just starting in my training camp and he was just finishing up in his.”   Tommy on fighting on live TV: “Yeah, it’s going to be televised live on BoxNation. I’ve boxed on TV three times now, the first time was obviously very nerve-wracking but now I sort of relish the chance to fight on TV in front of the bigger crowd. It doesn’t put any added nerves onto me because I’m getting more comfortable with it. In my last fight I was chief support on a TV bill so it’s the same situation again. It makes it more exciting for me and I really look forward to doing it. It’s just a great chance for me to show off my skills!”   Tommy with a message to his fans: “Tune in on BoxNation because it’s going to be a very exciting show - I am looking to put on a good display and get an impressive win.”
  Tickets are on sale now 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).
  Tommy Langford would like to thank his sponsors, MAN Commercial Protection, Strategy Plus Web Design, Action Graphics, Panel Wizards, Atlas Pain Relief, Fighting Fit City Gym,

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