Chris Eubank Jr will defend his British middleweight title against Tommy Langford in Cardiff on October 22.
Eubank Jr (23-1-KO18) will be making the second defence of the belt he won from Nick Blackwell in March, which he went on to defend against Tom Doran in June via fourth-round knockout.
Langford (17-0-KO6) became mandatory challenger in July with a stoppage of Timo Laine, and will now be facing the sternest test of his career in the shape of the Brighton man.
For Eubank, this bout represents a return to reality following talks to face middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin and social media back-and-forth with WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders.
While Eubank Jr appears to be a class above the domestic middleweights on these shores, Langford is confident of victory: “I need a scalp of this magnitude to project my profile and, because of his dad, Eubank is the biggest name on the scene.
“We’ve sparred in the recent past and, though you can’t take too much into that, I know what he does well and what he doesn’t do well and believe my style exploits his.
“Sure, Chris Jr is dangerous, but Billy Joe exposed his limitations with his quality and movement. I’d be confident.”
This contest begs the question of what Eubank Jr gains from these sort of fights. With his wins over Blackwell and Doran, coupled with his showing in the back end of the Saunders fight, Eubank Jr has proved he is above domestic level.
Although the Eubank’s continue to talk a big game, the fact remains that Kell Brook is the one facing Golovkin next while Eubank Jr is fighting Langford.
For the challenger, however, this fight represents a huge chance to upset the middleweight apple cart. While Eubank Jr, on the other hand, is hurtling towards another big risk-small reward type of contest.by