Bideford’s Tommy Langford has his title bid delayed for a month

Tommy Langford’s Commonwealth title tilt has been put back a month until March 12.

The Bideford boxer, who fights out of Birmingham, has been forced to wait after the February 13 bill was postponed following an injury to headliner and WBO world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan.

Undefeated Tommy (15-0), was due to tackle top-10 ranked English middleweight champion, Lewis Taylor (18-1-1) until the unexpected news was announced by Frank Warren on Wednesday.

Tommy, 26, admits after the news sank in he was left ‘gutted’: “I was flying in training and ready to go so six weeks away is such a long time to me,” he said.

“It’s not as simple as just carrying on training for an extra month, I was feeling ready, I was so sharp and almost peaking but now I’ll have to taper it down, take a week off to let my body rejuvenate and stop all sparring.

“It’s a little disappointing but it is what it is. I’m in the business of boxing and you have to live with this sort of thing. I’m lucky that this has only happened to me once before in my professional career.”

Although Langford and Taylor have 33 wins between them they have only scored a combined total of eight victories inside the distance.

But both fighters’ records suggest there is strong, accumulative power in their punches, as well as the ability to finish the fight.

“Regardless of the date, I will be Commonwealth champion,” said Tommy, “different date, same result!”