Tommy Langford gets back to winning ways on return to the ring

PUBLISHED: 16:49 23 October 2017

Tommy Langford (left) and Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Tommy Langford (left) and Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

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In his first bout since a WBO Interim World Middleweight defeat, Langford picked up a points victory over Miguel Aguilar.

Tommy Langford reacts after knocking down Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. Tommy Langford reacts after knocking down Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Tommy Langford’s return to the ring saw him successfully bounce back from his first career defeat.

Langford came through the six-round International Middleweight bout with Miguel Aguilar in Leeds on Saturday with a points victory.

It was the 28-year-old’s first fight since his WBO Interim World Middleweight Title defeat to Avtandil Khurtsidze in April.

In the wake of his first career loss and a British Middleweight Championship fight that fell through, for Langford, the most important thing was getting back in the ring.

Tommy Langford (left) and Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. Tommy Langford (left) and Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

“It’s been a frustrating period but I finally got the chance to get back in the ring and get the chance to get out there and get back to winning ways,” he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware he was a journeyman. He was very hard to stop and they are there to survive on the night.

“I was a little disappointed on Saturday that I didn’t manage to get rid of him, because I was hurting him and dropped him twice with body shots.

“He was weakening and looking to survive, and when a fighter is running away it’s hard to find clean openings.

Tommy Langford (left) and Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. Tommy Langford (left) and Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

“But having spoke about it and talked it through with my trainer, I’m a 12-round fighter and at the end of the day a one-round blow-out wouldn’t do me any good in the long run.

“However comfortable it was, six rounds are in the bag and will do me a world of good going forward into my next fight.”

The Bideford-born boxer was also thankful to those supporters who made the journey up from North Devon for Saturday’s bout.

“It means the world to me,” he said.

Tommy Langford (left) and Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. Tommy Langford (left) and Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

“The fact people are willing to travel the length and breadth of the country to see me fight really does mean the world to me.”

Langford’s next fight is looking like a defence of his British Middleweight Championship belt against Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield.

Although unconfirmed, the fight could go ahead in January, and while Langford admitted he would like to be back in the ring sooner, he said he was keen to show any future opponents the lessons he has learned since his first loss.

“The fight has been very good for me because I have taken so much from it and it won’t happen to me again,” he said.

Tommy Langford celebrates beating Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. Tommy Langford celebrates beating Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

“I know the level of discipline and mental strength and maturity needed and it will make me much harder to beat on the British and domestic scene.

“Obviously for me I really want to be able to show what I am about now, and the only way to do that is at championship level.”

Tommy Langford (left) and Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. Tommy Langford (left) and Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Tommy Langford reacts after knocking down Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. Tommy Langford reacts after knocking down Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Tommy Langford reacts after knocking down Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. Tommy Langford reacts after knocking down Miguel Aguilar during their International Middleweight bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

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