Blackpool boxer Jack Arnfield failed in his attempt to claim the British Middleweight belt against reigning champion Tommy Langford at the MEN Arena on Saturday.
Arnfield lost on points via a unanimous decision on the undercard of the George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr clash.
The three judges scored the fight 116-113, 116-113; 117-113 in the champion’s favour.
Both fighters were steady in the early rounds but Langford was the busier boxer on the night consistently landing body shots.
Langford was consistent with his jab and landed more punches which proved crucial in a tight contest.
Arnfield started well landing some crisp, heavy jabs but as the rounds went on, he left his body open and Langford focused downstairs.
Both boxers pride themselves on being a 12-round fighter and this showed throughout as both boxed well and strategically.
This is the second time Arnfield has lost a British Middleweight Championship fight but he looked in a lot better shape than his last title bout, against Nick Blackwell, when he was given just eight days notice.
At the start of round eight, Arnfield took a heavy Langford upper cut on the chin and wobbled but came back strong with some left hooks of his own landing on the Birmingham boxer’s chin.
The later ‘championship’ rounds were where Arnfield lost the battle, He began to show fatigue and Langford pounced on his opportunity to attack the Blackpool boxer with some heavy combinations to the body of the 28-year-old.
Arnfield still has a very impressive record despite the defeat with 25 wins out of 28. Whereas Langford now has 20 wins with only one defeat to his name.
Huge thank you to Michael and Dave Jennings, my camp went perfect I just couldn’t execute the plan we put together. Taking nothing from @tommy_langford1 he boxed a great fight. Gonna take a week to chill with my wife and let my body relax. . . Thanks to all my sponsors for their support. I will be back in no time and working my way towards something big again. . . @mikejennings1 @dave_jennings01 @northernpontoon @alexmollart @firestormstoves @ @dale_trafford @simonvip45 @pipescan @ringsideonline @officialcnp @themeatman @fortitudefitnessltd @OptimumAccountancy @NDcivilgroundworks @logicScafolding @KingCustomFabrication
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