Tommy Langford is ready to right wrongs as he prepares to win back the British middleweight title.
The Bideford-born boxer returns to the ring on Saturday night looking to win back the title from Jason Welborn at Arena Birmingham.
Welborn stunned Langford to give him his second career defeat in their initial meeting on May 4, taking the British belt with a split decision at Walsall Town Hall.
The fight – dubbed the ‘Battle of the Baggies’ due to both fighters’ love of West Bromwich Albion – is on the undercard of Amir Khan’s fight against Samuel Vargas, and will be televised live on Sky Sports Action.
The 29-year-old is relishing the chance to put in a performance in front of both the crowd in the arena and on television, and said he won’t be overlooking Welborn this time.
“It’s a chance for me to show what I’ve got, so I’m really looking forward to it,” said Langford.
“I made a lot of mistakes last time round and I’ve been very open about that, on fight night, because of things done previously and I’ve held my hands up. I completely overlooked Jason, and I haven’t done that this time.
“I’ve given him the respect and the training camp that he’s due and I’m looking forward to putting in a very good performance on Saturday.”
Langford was a 1/8 favourite pre-fight back in May, but Welborn produced a shock victory via a split points decision.
“I just completely threw tactics out of the window and walked into him and defensively very poor and didn’t do what I’m good at,” said Langford.
“I’m good at being a stand-up boxer and using my feet and I didn’t do any of that.
“So things are going to be different on Saturday, I’m going to follow the tactic and the game plan to the letter as I have done on previous occasions and I’ll be coming out the champion again.”
The winner of the rematch will then go on to fight the unbeaten challenger Mark Heffron from Oldham.