Tommy Langford reflects on the Blackwell v Ryder British middleweight title clash

Published On Sunday, May 31, 2015By
Nicky Blackwell won the vacant British middleweight title with a stunning stoppage victory over John Ryder at London's O2 Arena on the bumper Rule Britannia show on May 30th. The 26-year-old experienced southpaw, Ryder 20-2 was well clear on the scorecards after an impressive start but Wiltshire's 24-year-old, Blackwell 17-3-1 caught the Londoner with a stiff right and unleashed a flurry of head shots in the seventh, sparking an intervention from referee, Howard Foster. The same official in charge caused controversy when he stopped George Groves against Carl Froch in 2013 but his decision to step in this time appeared to be the correct call with Ryder sustaining a series of unanswered heavy blows. Talented boxer from the same red-hot division, Tommy Langford 12-0 gave up his Sunday afternoon to chat to BBN about his views on that British title clash, a fight that he is eyeing up himself in the near future. Langford, originally from Devon, is ranked inside the top 20 in the middleweight division currently topped by the likes of Chris Eubank Jr., Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray. [caption id="attachment_4998" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Boxing - Tommy Langford v Wayne Reed - Middleweight - Wolverhampton Civic Hall - 14/2/15 Tommy Langford celebrates victory Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Tommy Langford v Wayne Reed at Wolverhampton Civic Hall / Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Peter Cziborra[/caption] The unbeaten 25-year-old Box Nation fighter from Birmingham gave his reaction, "Very good action fight from start to finish between Ryder and Blackwell. It went how I expected it to, really, I thought that they would stand in front of each other and exchange solid punches which they did. "Ryder was ahead and, in moments, looked very good but the lack of evasive work after punching left him open to solid counters from Blackwell which eventually became his downfall. "Blackwell looked to have improved on his approach instead of his usual tactic of just keep trudging forward through any shots. I'm pleased for Nick as he deserves it, he has done it the hard way, he ducks nobody and he's a nice lad as well. "Speaking from a rival perspective though, I am confident I have the boxing ability now to outbox both fighters. However, I still need to prove myself, earn my shot, and get a couple of more championship fights under my belt starting with the WBO Intercontinental in order to become more established and throw myself into that mandatory position." Langford will challenge for his first professional title in his 13th fight on July 4th at the National Stadium in Dublin in what will be the biggest fight of his career as he contests for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title against an opponent yet to be confirmed. The title fight will take place on the undercard of Jamie Conlan’s second WBO European super-flyweight title defence. 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). TR Shield Logo 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, Ringside UK and PR Manager Tim Rickson To follow Tommy Langford on Twitter click here @Tommy_Langford1

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