Birmingham middleweight, Tommy Langford, will square off against the Georgian, Avtandil Khurtsidze, for the WBO interim middleweight title at the Leicester Arena on Saturday, April 22nd.
Langford, who is currently undefeated, already holds the British, Commonwealth and WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight straps and is looking to make his mark on the world stage against Khurtsidze.
“This is massive for me,” said, Langford. “It is a huge fight and a huge opportunity to propel my name to the top of the sport. It is a proper fight for a proper belt, and I am chuffed that Frank keeps on delivering these opportunities for me.
“This is a tough fight, but it is very winnable. I have got the style to beat him, and if I perform to the best of my ability on the night, I will become an Interim World Champion. He is like a little Mike Tyson in the way he fights, he tries to bully his opponents up close and is very relentless, but he can be outboxed.
“He has been outboxed before, and that is how I am going to beat him. I need to stick to my boxing and make sure I am as fit as I can be. He is number one, and I am number three, if I come through this, it will put me on another level.”
Khurtsidze, however, has other plans. Undefeated in his last nine outings, his last contest saw him get the stoppage against a previously undefeated, Antoine Douglas.
With 21 knockouts from his 31 victories, Khurtsidze certainly can ruin Langford’s plans.
“I am looking forward to April 22 and beating Langford in front of all of his fans. I know he will be looking to run from me all night and to steal a decision, but I am coming for the knockout. I am coming to crack bones that night.”
Langford’s promoter, Frank Warren, believes that home-field advantage could help Langford claim a victory against Khurtsidze and provide him with some massive fights in the near future.
“Khurtsidze will be the toughest opponent of Tommy’s career, but I know he has the tools to beat him,” Warren said. “He’s the local hero and will have thousands of his fanatical fans pushing him on to victory. Tommy has a brilliant trainer in Tom Chaney, who I’m sure will come up with a winning game-plan. If Tommy comes through this, there will be some huge nights for him down the line.”
Lou DiBella, promoter of Khurtsidze, feels that despite his fighters age he still has a lot to offer and this fight will help Khurtsidze make people wake up and pay attention.
“Avtandil Khurtsidze is one of the most exciting fighters in the world and has gone overlooked by the boxing establishment for too long,” DiBella said. “That will change after he beats Tommy Langford and is able to hoist a championship. Don’t let age fool you. Khurtsidze is fresh, he is hungry, and his story has just begun to be written. I want to thank my friend Frank Warren and his staff for making this deal so easy and for the WBO for recognising Khurtsidze’s considerable talent.”
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