Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield says Saturday’s British title fight against Tommy Langford is “make or break” for his career.
Arnfield, who has won 25 out of his 27 fights, challenges for the British middleweight title on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series semi-final between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr at Manchester Arena.
This will be the second time the 28-year-old has challenged for the Lonsdale belt, having been beaten by Nick Blackwell back in 2015.
Speaking at the undercard press conference yesterday, Arnfield said there is no way he will fail to pick up the strap.
“I’m 100 per cent confident I’m going to win this fight,” he said. “I’ve been on fire in the gym and there is no way I’m coming out of the arena without the belt.
“Tommy might have been in with some big names but I think I’ll be the toughest fighter he’s ever faced.
“I know it’s going to be a tough fight but I am well prepared for it. My training camp has been absolutely perfect.
“I think every fight is make or break because no one wants to lose, so this is no different. It is make or break for me because I am not losing it. That belt will be fine.”
Groves and Eubank Jr will fight for the WBA and IBO world titles in a sold- out arena, meaning the biggest fight of Arnfield’s career thus far will be in front of a packed house and on ITV Box Office.
The British middleweight championship contest between champion Langford and mandatory challenger Arnfield is set to be an exciting and intriguing 50/50 fight for the purists between two of the best operators on the British 160-pound scene.
Langford has lost just one of his 20 fights, picking up the British strap with a split decision win over Sam Sheedy in 2016. This is his first defence.
Langford said: “It’s going to be a massive, massive audience for this and it will be a great show. If I’m going to win, it will require a big performance but I’m more than confident I can do exactly that.
“The first defence of my title has been a long time coming. I’m under no illusions this will be a tough fight but it’s one I’m looking forward to.
“The bookies may think it’s a 50/50 fight but it’s not to me. I’m going to win.”
Arnfield is on a six-fight winning streak, a run that included a points victory against Blackpool rival Brian Rose last year.
In his last fight, he overcame Adam Jones on points in a six-round bout in Liverpool.