Jason Welborn is confident of ‘repeat’ rather than ‘revenge’ ahead of his eagerly—awaited British Middleweight Title rematch with Tommy Langford this weekend.
Welborn outgunned Langford in a British Boxing Board of Control nominated Fight of the Year contender back in May at Walsall Town Hall. Langford went in to that first bout as champion and clear favourite with Welborn out at 7/1 with the bookies. Those odds were turned on their head though as the WBC International Silver Champion recorded a deserved split-decision victory.
Welborn v Langford II takes place on the undercard of Amir Khan versus Samuel Vargas at the Arena Birmingham, live on Sky Sports on Saturday (8th September). It’s a fight that threatens to steal the show and 32 year-old Welborn is in confident mood.
“I am feeling brilliant and I can’t wait to get back in there,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “It feels like a long wait to get back in there after the win.
“It was one of those fights where I wanted to do again, so to be able to do so live on Sky Sports, in a big arena, is perfect for us both.
“The first fight with me and Tommy should have been televised but we got it on a BCB show and it reached a big audience and attracted people’s attention, so we are grateful that Matchroom earmarked this fight for the Khan undercard.”
Although confident, Welborn is not resting on his laurels. He has complete respect for his opponent and, after sharing 12 tough rounds, knows he must be at his best to retain his title and inflict another defeat over Langford.
“It is one thing winning as the challenger; but it’s another defending it as champion,” Welborn added. “Langford will be desperate to even things up and get the belt back. He will be hungry so I can’t switch off and I know exactly what I have to do to keep my belt.
“That said I’m really confident. Langford struggles with fighters like myself and as long as my engine is as good as last time – and it will be – I can’t see anything other than another Welborn win.
“I think we will see the best Tommy Langford again and he will bring the best out of me. Our styles knit well.
“If anything now I am going to look for the stoppage and I think it will come.
“It nearly came last time, Terry O’Connor is a brilliant referee, but I do think he saved him last time out. If it comes; it comes. The only thing on my mind is a win. By any means.”
As well as Khan versus Vargas and Welborn v Langford II, there is a packed undercard this weekend.
Ryan Kelly defends the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington and Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai also appear on the bill.
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Jason Welborn and Tommy Langford rematch approved by Board
A rematch between British middleweight champion Jason Welborn and Tommy Langford has been approved by the British Boxing Board of Control.
The Stewards decided to accept a request from Black Country Boxing promoter Errol Johnson for the rematch between Jason Welborn (23-6) and Tommy Langford (20-2), which will take place on a date and venue yet to be announced, although most likely to be held in Walsall in September.
Challenger Welborn stunned British titlist Langford in their May 4 meeting at the Walsall Town Hall with scores of 114-113 twice, and the third judge awarding it to Langford at 115-113.
A short left hook in the second-round rocked Langford who staggered back into the ropes causing referee Terry O’Connor to step in and give the defending champion a standing eight-count. Langford weathered the storm to come back and boss the following rounds but was overwhelmed during the championship rounds, just enough for the underdog to snatch the victory on a split decision.
Welborn, 32, had two previous cracks at the British crown before, at welterweight against Frankie Gavin and at super-welterweight versus Liam Smith – both times felled by body shots in the mid-rounds – but on his third attempt he got his tactics just right to add the coveted Lonsdale belt to his WBC International Silver middleweight title and two Midlands Area straps.
The British title fight between the two West Bromwich Albion fans was labelled ‘Battle of the Baggies’ and lived up to his moniker as the local rivals went to war, worthy of an early ‘Fight of the Year’ contender.
Langford, 28, was widely expected to win having already seen off the mandated opponent, Jack Arnfield (25-2), to his Lord Lonsdale belt in February on the undercard of the WBSS semi-final between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr at the Manchester Arena.
The former England amateur captain, trained by Tom Chaney at Hall Green ABC, had previously won WBO Inter-Continental and Commonwealth middleweight titles and immediately triggered the rematch clause in the contract for a chance to win back the British belt.
The warring pair will get to lay it all on the line again in the eagerly-anticipated return billed as ‘Repeat or Revenge’.
The winner of the ‘Battle of the Baggies 2’ will be called upon to defend the title against unbeaten Mark Heffron (20-0) from Oldham.
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