Tommy Langford expects to be too fast for Jay Morris in third pro boxing fight
SPEED and stamina are the attributes that stood out for Tommy Langford during his time as an amateur boxer.
Now, as he fights over six rounds for the first time, the Bideford prospect is confident they will see him to victory again.
In his third bout since turning professional last year, he takes on Jay Morris at the HMV Institute in Birmingham on Sunday, February 24.
With 15 wins on his record, Morris enjoyed a strong start to his professional career but, at 34, his best days appear to be behind him.
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And Langford, 23, expects to be too fast for the fighter from the Isle of Wight.
"I've been doing a lot of six and eight rounds in sparring and it will suit me better because of my engine," said Langford.
"He's got a good punch on him and I expect him to come forward.
"He's fought at a really high level before. He's fought against the likes of Curtis Woodhouse (for the International Masters title) and he beat him the first time he fought him.
"If he comes to have it, it should suit me down to the ground."
Langford, who learnt to box with Bideford ABC, has lived in the Midlands since he attended the University of Birmingham.
In the build-up to the latest bout, he has sparred with Max Maxwell, the Birmingham-based light middleweight, who scored a narrow win over Morris last year.
As he steps up the training, Langford also hopes to spar with Frankie Gavin, the former world amateur champion.
Having started his professional career with an impressive display over Steve Spence, Langford made it two wins from two by outpointing Simone Lucas.
"In my first fight, I boxed really well," he said. "It was a brilliant night.
"Someone from the Boxing Board of Control said it was the best pro debut they had seen.
"In the second fight, he was a typical pro journeyman who came to survive and take a pay day. He was awkward but I won it convincingly and I learnt a lot during that one."
Plans to box again in December were put back when another show in Birmingham was postponed.
Langford will have been inactive for four months by the time he steps out at the top of the bill for the afternoon show in three weeks.
Former team-mates at Bideford ABC and Hartland Football Club are among those expected to be in the crowd cheering him on.
"I had my debut in that venue and it was wicked," he said. "There should be good noise in there again.
"I know Richard Grigg (the Bideford coach) has put the word out and I've had quite a good response from people in Bideford. I have sold quite a lot of tickets in Birmingham as well."
After representing England as an amateur, the move to the paid ranks has given Langford new motivation.
"There wasn't anything left for me in the amateurs because I wasn't breaking into the GB squad for the Olympics," he said. "Now, every time I fight, I have got to be up for it.
"I feel myself getting better all the time and learning new things."
To order tickets for the show, call Richard Grigg on 07949 770616.