Sheffield fighter Wayne Reed could pull off a Valentine’s Day upset when he boxes in Wolverhampton on February 14.
The 27-year-old southpaw takes on unbeaten Birmingham-based middleweight prospect Tommy Langford, a sparring partner of Frankie Gavin.
Langford is number 20 in the British rankings and has 11 straight wins to his credit and wants to test himself over 10 rounds for the first time.
Reed, who has sparred against Langford’s brother, is hoping to get a win and use it to springboard into a new campaign at light middleweight.
“I have had just under four weeks notice so I am hard at it,” he told The Star. “From what I’m told he has a fast, amateur style.”
The Reed v Langford fight is a chief support to the Stephen Ormond v Terry Flanagan WBO European lightweight event. While Langford is the favourite he knows he will be in for a test - the Sheffielder is a former central area super middleweight champion and has an all-or-nothing style with five stoppage wins and the same number of TKO defeats on his record.
Langford said: “Reed presents a new challenge as a pro, although fighting a southpaw isn’t something that daunts me. I’ve sparred countless rounds with Frankie.I know he has predominantly operated at super-middleweight so with that in mind I’m expecting him to be quite strong. I am confident that I will put on an impressive performance. His record does show that he carries power, he’s obviously dangerous but he has to hit me first.”
As for the ten rounder, Langford says: “The longer the fight, the better I’ll be. I expect the latter rounds to be my best.
“I’m always in good shape and known for being very fit. One of my main assets as a fighter is my engine and the experience in sparring shows that.”
Reed is coming in of a victory. He beat journeyman Dan Blackwell at the Metrodome, Barnsley in late November.
Before that, he withstood five rounds with Olympics bronze medal winner Anthony Ogogo in Liverpool.
Also last year, he went through a titanic ten-round tussle with fellow-Sheffielder Liam Cameron, coming up on the wrong side of the verdict for the International Boxing Organization Youth super middleweight title.
Reed [won 11 (KO 5) + lost 9 (KO 5) + drawn 0 = 20] hasn’t won two consecutive fights since 2013, but he is a banger you can never rule out.
He hopes to be back in action at Barnsley on March 21 against Robert Studzinski, a 38-year-old Pole.