Tommy Langford is hoping to avoid a sparring nightmare, by getting a bit of help from British and Commonwealth light-middleweight champion, Liam Williams.
The unbeaten Birmingham ace challenges for the vacant Commonwealth middleweight belt and defends his WBO intercontinental title against Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on February 13.
Langford is the only current professional based at trainer Tom Chaney’s gym and fears getting top sparring for the biggest fight of his career could be a problem.
In the past he has worked with men like Jimmy Kelly and Liam Smith and is depending on Williams coming to the rescue.
The fast emerging Welshman is also on the BoxNation televised Liverpool card, and defends his two crowns against Nav Mansouri.
Langford who has won all 15 professional fights said: “It has been trickier getting sparring because it is one of the first fights of 2016 and a lot of boxers in aren’t in the gym staying fit.
“Liam is on the show, and we have always sparred in the past so hopefully there will be sparring with him.
“There are a few good stand-up amateurs similar to Lewis who are about and will always come in. If good sparring comes up elsewhere I will travel. Wherever the rounds are, I will go to.”
Although Langford and Taylor have 33 wins between them they have only scored a combined total of eight victories inside the distance.
Taylor’s last three wins have come via the quick route, while three of Langford’s last four opponents have gone early so both men are developing in that area.
Langford, 26, added: “Lewis’s record suggest he doesn’t punch but my record doesn’t suggest I am a banger either so I cant read too much into that.
‘He has a tight guard a decent jab and does everything quiet well, but I believe that in all departments I should be better than him.”
If Langford continues his rapid progress, but the end of 2016 he could easily be in the world Middleweight title picture.
Last month he impressed against Robert Swierzbinski on the Andy Lee v Billy Joe Saunders bill and is now ranked sixth in the world by the WBO.
“To finish on a big show like that with the performance that I did and previous wins in 2015 made it a wicked year, and I am confident that will continue this year.”