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Langford hoping to make statement against Boulden in Wolverhampton

Ringnews24.com: You have a fight coming up against Gary Boulden. How did that fight come about and which other boxers were you looking at?

Well, to be honest, the fight came about when we got a call from the matchmaker and he gave us a few options and he was the right step up at this stage. He’s been in with Billy Joe and Anthony Ogogo so it made sense to us. He makes you work for every round which is important if I want to challenge for titles because no one will give me a round. He went the distance with Billy Joe and he always manages to nick a round off of top boxers.

Ringnews24.com: Who is your current trainer and where do you train?

Tommy Chaney at the Hall Green Boxing Club, been there since I was 17. He trained me as an amateur and carried me through. When I was 17, it got to the point where I made the decision to go to university in Birmingham on a sports scholarship and to further my boxing. It was all uni work and all training, not much time for play! To be honest, I didn’t do enough studying as my boxing was able to take precedence but I still got a 2:2.

That’s the reason I got into the England squad. I had already boxed for England and won a couple of national titles and I applied to all the universities for a sports scholarship. It was great because it introduced me to strength training and nutrition.

I started boxing when I was 11 so by the time I got to uni, I’d been at it for seven years already. I could still have got into uni anyway with my A Level results though.

Ringnews24.com: Pardon my ignorance here but I don’t immediately associate Devon with good boxing clubs?

Haha, yeah I know but I was fortunate that the town I grew up in had a long established club that has been around for a very long time. You have to travel though and that’s one of the reasons I had to move away to a city and it was either Birmingham or London and I’ve got family in the Black Country so it made sense to me.”

When I was about 16 I was in an England camp in Crystal Palace. We all sparred the Commonwealth team and I got in the ring with Frankie Gavin and he was the first person that I couldn’t hit so I found out where he trained and started taking the long trips up there. I’d always been quite fast and never had any problems with hitting people so I had to find out who trained him so I got his number and went up there to meet him.

Ringnews24.com: You are currently in the middle/end of a training camp to prepare for Boulden, could you tell us a little about your camp?

I’ve sparred Andrew Robinson, Craig Cunningham, Frankie Gavin, Dan Breeze. Boulden has good movement so sparring Dan Breeze has come in very handy. I’ve got some good sparring coming up with Liam Williams. We were both at the Wolverhampton Civic he got the win over Ronnie Heffron and I beat Nicky Jenman.

I try to get three sparring sessions in, in one week and they’ll be either six or eight rounders. I generally look to get around 20 rounds of sparring in each week. You have to spar enough to get the sharpness and then to hold it there. It’s personal preference really but some boxers like to spar everyday but I just do it on how I’m feeling.”

Ringnews24.com: How is your training going and how would you compare it to other training camps that you have done?

The camps are definitely getting tougher because I’m conditioning my body to take the extra rounds. I’m working less as a personal trainer now so I’ve got more time to rest and reflect after training. I’ve found this one the best yet. I’ve taken the best approach to this one as I used to want to win every round of sparring but I relax more now and try new things out. I’ve taken a lot from this one.

When I was an amateur you don’t really grow and develop in the same way as when you’re a pro.

As the spars get tougher and you get in with bigger, heavier lads, it does help to make you more solid and resilient. I’ve really settled into my training camps now. When I was a young pro I used to go too fast into it but now I’m more patient and stronger and more mature both physically and mentally. I’m definitely maturing mentally, I’m calmer and don’t get as frustrated as easily.

The rest element is more and more appreciated to give your mind and body a rest. It is a massive part of camp and I’ve learnt how to appreciate it. I’ve learnt how to use it more to my benefit. I’ve never been one for resting and taking it easy but I’m getting better at it.”

Ringnews24.com: Have you done anything differently in this camp compared to other training camps?

I’ve started introducing a bit more close work, I don’t want to say rough-housing but finding my angles when getting in close and in clinches. Even though I’m physically strong I haven’t been using it to my benefit so I’m starting to make use of my strength now.

Ringnews24.com: Have you seen much footage of Boulden and what do you think of him as a fighter?

I’ve seen a fair bit, he’s a good boxer, he seems to try and frustrate opponents and move his head a lot.

Ringnews24.com: Do you have a prediction of how the fight will end?

I’m just going to say that I’ll win. I’d like to say I’ll make a statement and stop him but he doesn’t get stopped much, although Ogogo stopped him with a nice counter right hand in the fifth round.

Ringnews24.com: You’re fighting on October 24th at the Civic Centre, Wolverhampton for the second time. Can you tell us about the venue, atmosphere and your fight against Nicky Jenman?

You get nervous but you channel that into excitement. I always get really excited before fights. I would say my most pleasing performance was my latest win over Nicky Jenman. I showed that I could finish fights, I carried the work that we had done in the gym into the ring and it was in front of a packed Wolves Civic which meant a lot of support on the night for me so it was loud.

Ringnews24.com: Who is going to be in your corner on the night? and what do they bring to Team Langford?

Tom Chaney is the chief cornerman, Jon Pegg is the cutsman and Shaun Cogan doing the house second, probably. Tom is the only one that tells me what to do, if anyone else says any advice to you in that corner, you take it with a pinch of salt because it’s Tom’s word that is law.

Ringnews24.com: How can fans watch the fight? Is the fight on TV and what channel?

This one is not on TV, usually it’s on Box Nation but if you want to watch it you have to buy a ticket.

Ringnews24.com: After your victory, are there any fighters that you would like to call out?

I’m not really in a habit of calling fighters out because I just go about getting my wins. I’m not bothered, I’m one of those fighters that will fight anyone. So if anyone has got a title then I’ll be coming for them sometime soon.

Ringnews24.com: Do you have a message for the fans?

Just that I want to hear lots of noise, get behind me, be loud, it’s a full card of all Midlanders on the show. Luke Paddock and Chris Truman are fighting for a title, it’s a great small hall clash that one. I know both lads quite well and I like them both but can’t pick a winner.

Ringnews24.com: Thanks for talking to Ringnews24, we wish you all the best on the night.

Interview Credit: Tim Rickson