Birmingham middleweight star Tommy Langford will make the fourth defense of his WBO Intercontinental crown against Germany’s Ronny Gabel at the Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff on Saturday July 16, live and exclusive on BoxNation.
Fresh from earning a hard fought points decision victory over Lewis Taylor back on March 12’s massive show in Liverpool, Langford leapfrogged up the WBO World Rankings. The unbeaten Baggie finds himself sitting pretty in second place in the WBO’s order of merit at 160lbs and is looking forward to boxing in Wales for the first time as a professional.
“It’s a brilliant venue for me, right in the middle of the Midlands and Devon where all my fans travel from,” explained Langford. “I’m taking big numbers down there so it should be like a home venue for me. There’s some cracking fights on the card and I can’t wait to see Rigondeaux in the flesh!
“It’s another great card to be involved in. I keep on getting on these massive cards and its doing wonders for me. It’s another chance for big exposure and I intend on winning in style. The last two cards I’ve been on have been world title cards – Billy Joe Saunders vs. Andy Lee and Terry Flanagan vs. Derry Mathews – I’m chomping at the bit to get in the ring and show what I can do.”
Gabel, 21-5-1 15 KO’s, is enjoying a red-hot nine fight winning streak that stretches back to 2013. The Berlin bruiser has previously held the Germany GBA Super-Welterweight and Global Boxing Council Intercontinental Super-Welterweight Championships and should provide a stern test for Langford.
“I haven’t seen too much of him but his only two stoppage losses were to Billy Joe Saunders and Sergey Rabchenko who are world class fighters. The loss to Billy Joe was very early on in his career and he’s come on since then. His record suggests that he’s a puncher which is something to be aware of going into the fight.
“I’ve just got to go in and put my stamp and my authority on the fight. The plan is to fight to my strengths and eradicate any mistakes I’ve made in the past which is what we’ve been working really hard on in the gym.”
Co-headlining a huge night of boxing in Cardiff promoted by Frank Warren in association with RocNation and Caribe Promotions is pound-for-pound superstar Guillermo Rigondeaux who defends his WBA Super-Bantamweight crown against Merseyside hero Jazza Dickens in a real life ‘Rocky’ story. British and Commonwealth Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Williams defends his titles against unbeaten WBO Intercontinental Champion Gary Cororan
A talent-stacked undercard sees British and Commonwealth Champion Super Bradley Skeete make the fifth defence of his WBO European Welterweight title; Baggies banger Tommy Langford defends his WBO Inter-Continental belt; ‘The Mexican’ Jamie Conlan returns to the ring after his fight of the year contender, Southampton’s red-hot Joe Pigford looks to extend his unbeaten run to eleven fights; Welshmen Craig Evans, Alex Hughes, Gary Buckland, Jay Harris, and Dale Evans all look to impress in front of their home crowd; big-hitting cruiserweight prospect Gary Sweeney looks to go 2-0 and Belfast’s Tyrone McKenna fights over six rounds.