Exclusive: Tommy Langford reveals future targets ahead of October 21 return in Leeds

Joe Hewlett 07/10/2017

Tommy Langford looked set to take on Billy Joe Saunders for a maiden world title challenge before Avtandil Khurtsidze turned up and ruined the party.

The Georgian delivered a devastating TKO to give Langford his first taste of defeat as a professional.

However, after taking some time out, the Brit is more determined than ever to come back bigger and stronger.

Langford is scheduled to be fighting on the undercard of Josh Warrington commencing October 21 at the First Direct Arena.

Speaking exclusively to World Boxing News, he revealed his excitement of returning: “It’s a keep busy fight, I’ve been out the ring for quite a long time and I was really looking forward to defending my British title.

“I was thinking that fight was going to be around this sort of time but with it being pushed back to purse bids I knew I had to get out the door and get back into the fight mode. Wearing those little gloves, the weighing in, it doesn’t matter who it’s against, I just needed to get back out there so that fight night feeling is fresh in the mind.

“I’ve been in the gym, ready and keeping fit since weeks after my first loss, once I got my head round it and established what I’ve done wrong, I’ve became more confident as a result of it. It hasn’t had a negative effect on me, I know it sounds strange because I lost and got stopped, but it’s taught me a very important level about world level boxing, I hadn’t learnt before or had that lesson so I’ve had it nice and early in my career,” he added.

There are a number of eye watering domestic showdowns the Midlander is targeting, which includes Jack Arnfield and another duo closer to home.

“I’ve got a hitlist,” the 28-year-old stated. “I’ve got the Arnfield fight, he’s a good fighter who has a very good jab but I know the best me turns up, I beat him. If I produce on the day, I’m still the British champion but I can’t look past him.

“Obviously, there are fights out there that are tasty and some of them are local. (Craig) Cunningham and (Jason) Welborn, I’m dying to fight the pair of them, I’d fight both of them on the same night. I want to prove a point.”

Though, the middleweight admitted he hasn’t been overall impressed by the things Welborn has been posting on social media.

“Welborn has said some stupid things but funnily enough, he hasn’t said any of those things to me, he can’t seem to find the tag button on Facebook or Twitter, he only seems to say it to his fans.

“I know Craig very well, he’s a good lad but I wanna prove a point, it doesn’t matter what he says or his fans say, I know what’s going to happen. I know what I’m capable of and will do it to the pair of them. They’re two juicy fights, I really want to get those on,” he concluded.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95