Exclusive: Tommy Langford to use Jason Welborn rematch clause, aims to ‘put the record straight’

Thomas Davison 22/05/2018

David Linney

Tommy Langford wants an immediate rematch with Jason Welborn after losing his British title to his local rival in a split-decision ‘dogfight’. 

The loss was brutally disappointing for Langford and only the second of his career, with the first coming at world-level against Avtandil Khurtsidze.

The reverse meant he lost the British title he picked up back in 2016 against Sam Sheedy and had successfully defended against Jack Arnfield this year.

Discussing the loss in an exclusive interview with World Boxing News to reflect on his performance, Langford said: “To be perfectly honest a hell of a lot went wrong.

“I got a lot things wrong on the night, around the build-up, it wasn’t a good night for me boxing-wise.

“That being said I can’t really moan and gripe, I know what I’ve done wrong, I know how to put it right, and thankfully there is a rematch clause so I will get the chance to put the record straight.

“I have to give Welborn credit, he got his tactics right and forced me into a dogfight, all I have to do is stick, pick him off and stick to my boxing.”

The pre-fight odds had Langford slated as a heavy favourite to defeat his local rival and successfully keep his Lonsdale belt and now he thinks when a rematch is called he will have the tools to ‘put the record straight’.

“It was a big upset, nobody was picking him before the fight but it was all down to the fact that he got it right and I got it wrong.

“I was anticipating winning in a certain fashion and thinking things are going to happen and panic sets in when they don’t happen, but fair play to him.

“I knew what I had to do, I’ve seen him beaten before and I’m fully capable of executing that plan I was just for whatever reason on that night I didn’t do it I just had a fight with him but it was good for the fans,” Langford said.

Now that it has been revealed there is a rematch clause in the contract, Langford has no doubt he will get his chance to get his revenge and with it his British belt back.

“The promoters want to do a straight rematch, everybody is talking about it in the Midlands and it was streamed on Facebook Live and it got a lot of views so they’ll want to do it sharpish,” he concluded.

Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93