Bideford-born middleweight will defend title in Manchester this month

Tommy Langford returns to the ring this month, where he will finally defend his British Middleweight title.

The Bideford-born boxer’s bout against Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield will take place at the Manchester Arena on February 17.

The fight – which is Langford’s first defence of the title he won back in November 2016 – has been confirmed for the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series Super Middweight semi-final between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr.

Langford won the belt with a split decision win over Sam Sheedy, who stepped in after Eubank relinquished the belt.

The 28-year-old is keen to defend the belt for the first time.

He said: “I’m delighted to be fighting on such a big event to a new audience on ITV, who may not have seen me fight before.

“The World Boxing Super Series is fantastic for boxing, and Groves vs Eubank is an exceptional fight.

“So it’s an honour for me to defend my British title on the undercard.”

“It’s been 14-months since I won the title, so I’m chomping at the bit to get back in the ring to defend it finally.

“I’m going to put on a career-best performance and I want my reign as the British champion to be remembered for beating the number one challenger in style.

“I know Jack Arnfield well, he’s a good fighter, but there’s no way he has enough to beat me. He better be ready come fight night.”

Langford will be hoping to move back towards the top in 2018 after a disappointing 2017.

In April he suffered his first defeat in a WBO Interim World Middleweight Title clash with Avtandil Khurtsidze.

Not only did he miss out on a chance to face belt holder Billy Joe Saunders, his victor got arrested on a Racketeering charge before the title match took place.

Langford didn’t return to the ring until October, when he beat Miguel Aguilar on points at Leeds’ First Direct Arena.