Langford brands Eubank Jr overhyped, backs Saunders over Lee ahead of Rios title defence

Matt Horan 26/09/2015

Birmingham’s Tommy Langford is currently gearing up for his first defence of the WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title he won back in July.

While the 26 year-old – signed to Frank Warren Promotions – faces Argentina’s Cristian Fabian Rios at the civic hall in Wolverhampton on October 3, he is already looking ahead to a potential world title shot.

The unbeaten Langford is well aware of the difficult route many boxers face to make it to the top and is hoping victory next Saturday will push him one step closer to his dream.

“The fight with Rios is very close now and I’m really looking forward to it – this is the best I’ve ever felt. Sparring’s gone brilliant and I’m ready to put in a performance,” Langford told World Boxing News.

“Rios is a southpaw and will be very durable, he’s never been stopped. Hopefully, he will take me a few more rounds but I’m confident I will get the stoppage. This will be the first time he fights outside Argentina so it will be hostile for him. It might affect him but I’ll get the job done regardless – I need to keep climbing those rankings.

“I have a ranking with the WBO and I want to go straight for that world title shot. Whoever I have to face on the way, so be it – I’m ready,” he added.

Domestically, the middleweight division – headed by Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr – is really heating up and Langford doesn’t feel the rankings fully justify those who deserve to be at the top.

He said: “It’s a good time to be amongst it all. It’s red hot throughout Britain and if you can reach the top of that you’re already at world level.

“A lot has been said about Chris Eubank Jr recently, but I’m really not sold. I’ve sparred him before and he can have a good scrap but can easily be outboxed. He’s a decent fighter with a big hype.

“Everyone talks about his power, but I don’t see it. His name has got him pretty far in boxing, whereas other fighters like myself have taken a much harder route. I would love to fight him and would be very confident of coming out on top,” he added.

While Langford Is not sold on Eubank Jr’s ability, he acknowledges the WBO middleweight title match-up between Billy Joe Saunders and Andy Lee.

“Saunders is a talented, slick boxer. I’m really looking forward to his fight with Lee and think he will edge it on points. They’re both great boxers, but I just think Saunders will get it. Lee is dangerous though and if he catches you with a right hook you’re in for a tough night.”

Matt Horan is a staff writer for WBN. Follow Matt on Twitter @Mhoran123