Tommy Langford sparred with Prizefighter contestant Cello Renda over six rounds this week in preparation for his first ten round contest at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Valentine’s Day.
The pair locked horns in Birmingham for six rounds of sparring as both middleweights prepare to do battle in one month’s time – Langford 11(2)-0-0 in a ten round test for the first time against an unnamed opponent and Renda 25(11)-10(6)-2 participating in the 35th instalment of the Prizefighter series on the same night.
“We sparred yesterday at Eastside Boxing Gym in Birmingham which is where Cello trains when he travels to Brum. Previously, we have done a fair bit of sparring together both in my gym at Hall Green and I’ve also travelled to Peterborough where he is based most of the week,” said the 25-year-old undefeated middleweight from Birmingham.
Langford continued, “We did six rounds because he is training for three round contests in Prizefighter so didn’t want to go too far away from that but it is all good as it was of a very high pace.”
Langford provides chief support to the Stephen Ormond v Terry Flanagan lightweight title clash for the WBO European belt doubling up as an eliminator for the American world champion Terence Crawford’s WBO World title.
Langford was quoted earlier in the week on the announcement of his next fight that the unnamed opponent would represent a big step up for the 25-year-old.
“It was a competitive open spar, we try to do all my technical work within our gym so when going out to spar we can put it all into practice. As I stated previously Cello is working on high pace work for the 3×3’s so he was really going for it which meant I had to work to evade punches and land my own shots. It served a good purpose but also tested my fitness and we will now move on to eight and ten rounds in the gym.
“I have sparred Cello quite a lot in the past and he always keeps you on your toes and aware because he does carry genuine power and he himself has mixed with other top pros in the likes of Murray, Macklin and Paul Smith to name a few so brings a lot of experience. Anyone who is good enough for them is good enough for me!”
As a previous Prizefighter finalist just losing out on a split decision to Martin Murray back in November 2008, Renda stands a very good chance of going one better this time around in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Langford heaped praise upon his sparring partner, “The Prizefighter system really suits Cello and he has a great chance. Because of the format, coming out fast with big punches can work massively in your favour and, if anything, he is going to bring excitement to the tournament.
“I spar regularly with Craig Cunningham as well as Cello who is also in the same tournament. I am friends with them both and think they will do very well. I can’t pick between them or rather I don’t want to so I hope they meet in the final and give the fans a great spectacle!”
After reaching 11 fights unbeaten and claiming every single round along the way, Langford has established an excellent base and has made it known that he is ready to begin challenging for titles.
The Devonian-turned-Brummie’s most recent win against Gary Boulden 7-16(3)-2 last October marked the first two years in the professional circuit since his debut appearance in September 2012.
After easing through the first two victories in the paid ranks at four rounds, Langford went straight into six round contests stopping two of his opponents on the way in Raimonds Sniedze 10(7)-24(5)-2 in May 2013 and Nicky Jenman 10(1)-8(5)-1 in August 2014.
The young middleweight prospect left his hometown of Bideford, Devon to work with respected trainer Tom Chaney at Hall Green ABC who guided top talent Frankie Gavin through a highly decorated amateur career to winning the British and Commonwealth welterweight titles.
A former England international himself, Langford left the amateurs with an outstanding record of 86 wins from 106 fights, captaining England and collecting many titles along the way and most notably scoring wins over Olympians, Callum Smith and Anthony Fowler.
2015 promises to be an exciting year for Langford as he kicks of the campaign with a real statement of intent, “I felt good and I am pleased with where I am at this stage of camp. Defensively, I’ve been improving and it’s showing in my ringwork,” concluded Langford.
Headlining the show, Irishman Ormond 17(8)-1-0 defends his WBO European title against Manchester’s Flanagan 26(10)0-0 with the fight also sanctioned as an eliminator for Terence Crawford’s WBO World title and the premier lightweights claim that there will be no love lost between them when they finally meet.
Originally, the warring pair were set to lock horns in December at Hillsborough Leisure Centre but the reigning champion was forced to withdraw due to a viral infection. Flanagan was handed a last minute stand in opponent in Danny Little 3-4(1)-1 and presented the 29-year-old from Driffield with the first ever stoppage of his two year professional career just one minute into the fifth round. Southpaw, Flanagan moved up to his 26 wins whilst notching his KO count up to double figures.
The all-action showdown will headline a talent-packed card promoted by Frank Warren in association with P.J Rowson.
A total of five six-rounders supplement a trio of four-round contests on the rest of the bill, which features Tipton’s Ricky Summers and Walsall’s Daniel Breeze.
Summers claimed International Masters light heavyweight honours in his last bout and might finally get his hands on Mitch Mitchell, of whom he has been matched with several times.
Exciting Brummie lightweight Joe Costello will cast envious glances at the main event when he takes in his first six threes, after halting two out of three opponents.
Redditch’s Andrew Robinson, a former stable-mate of Summers’ at Lions Boxing Club in Dudley, returns from his points loss to Frank Buglioni for the WBO European super middleweight title.
‘Robbo’ is scheduled to go the same distance as Summers, as is Welsh super bantamweight Jay Harris.
Aptly-named super feather Romeo Romaeo, on Valentine’s Night, completes the six-round set.
Welterweight Breeze is still looking for his first stoppage, but has encountered little trouble over his previous three contests and is yet to drop a round.
‘The Hurricane’ is again in four-round action as is Corby cruiserweight Simon Barclay, who completes the card going for the fifth victory of his time in the paid ranks.
Brummie flyweight Raza Hamza debuts.
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