Tommy Langford was happy to get 2018 off to a good start after successfully defending his British Middleweight title on Saturday.

Langford was a unanimous winner over challenger Jack Arnfield at the Manchester Arena on the undercard of George Groves' win over Chris Eubank Jr.

The Bideford-born boxer put in a consistent and clinical performance over 12 rounds to successfully defend his belt for the first time since he won it in 2016.

Speaking to the Gazette, Langford said he was happy to get the year off to a good start.

"Last year was a frustrating period for me. I was ready and wanted to defend the title a couple of times," he said.

"But I'm really happy to have started 2018 with a really top performance in front of a big crowd. It means that much more and it spells the start of a good year and I'm looking forward to go out again soon.

"Before the fight everyone predicted it would be a 50:50 contest, which is testament to the fight itself.

"I was very comfortable. Everything we worked on and the game plan we worked on I delivered it right on the note, bang on.

"Everything went the way I expected it to go, and I was in control all the way through.

"Obviously I'm very happy to defend the title in that fashion and be British champion."

Langford said he wanted to 'stay busy' over the course of the year, with a focus on establishing himself on the European stage, and reestablishing his position on the fringes of the world circuit.

The 28-year-old also paid testament to those from North Devon who have shown their support leading up to and after Saturday's fight.

He said: "I've had a huge amount of congratulations from everybody from North Devon and would like to say a massive thank you to all of them.

"I'm glad I was able to put in a performance they could be proud of and I look forward to representing North Devon at a higher level in the future."