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Tommy Langford edges Sam Sheedy for British middleweight title


CARDIFF – Tommy Langford claimed the vacant British middleweight title by hard fought 12-round split decision against the gallant Sam Sheedy on Saturday in Wales.

Early on a clash of styles threaten the contest but as things settled down both fighters had their moments but it was Langford (18-0, 6 knockouts), a 27-year-old midlander, who edged out a decision by scored of 117-113, 116-114 and 115-113 for Sheedy (17-2, 4 KOs).

Craig Evans (16-1-2, 3 KOs) and Tom Stalker (11-2-3, 2 KOs) met for the third time, having fought twice previously to draws. On this occasion Evans, much to the delight of his home fans, edged another hotly contested bout by majority decision 95-95,
96-94 and 98-92 to win the WBO European lightweight title.

Kid Galahad (21-0, 12 KOs) easily stopped over matched Reynaldo Mora (7-20-1, 4 KOs) in three rounds at featherweight. Galahad dropped his Spanish opponent early before focusing on the body in the third which brought two more knockdowns. At that stage the referee called a merciful end at 2:21 of the third round.

Alex Hughes (9-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Harry Matthews (14-21-2, 2KOs) over eight rounds at middleweight.

Jay Harris (9-0, 6 KOs) impressively stopped  Phil Smith (6-3) in the fourth round of a scheduled eight rounder at junior bantamweight.

Henry Janes (9-20, 1 KO) caused an early surprise out pointing Jason Sillett  (5-1, 1 KO) by the single score of 40-35 at lightweight.

Nathan Gorman  (7-0, 6 KOs) kept his unbeaten record when he forced Igor Mihaljevic (4-7, 1 KO) to remain on the stool at the conclusion of the third round.

In junior middleweight action, 20-year-old Ricky Hatton protégé Reuben Arrowsmith (8-0, 2 KOs) won a four-round decision over Ivica Gogosevic (12-20-2, 5 KOs).

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