Tough test looms for Langham
FORMER Kingscliff bad boy Ryan Langham will be back in town to headline Jamie Myer’s “Young Guns” Fight Night at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club on July 9.
The man they call “Iron” is set to prove his mettle against Filipino journeyman Jack “Flash” Asis over six three-minute rounds of professional lightweight action.
While both fighters are 28, that’s about where the similarities end. A 38-fight (21-13-4, 10KOs) veteran, Asis certainly holds a level of experience over 12-fight Langham (11-1, 5KOs).
Ranked No.48 in the world, Asis has been in there with, and beaten, many of the best South East Asia has to offer. By comparison, Langham, who holds the shorter but superior record, is ranked at 148 with no notable scalps to his name.
“He’s fought a lot of good guys,” Langham said.
“He’s unorthodox and like all Filipinos, he’s tough and durable.
“But I want to be a top-50 fighter and beating him will take me one step closer.”
Toe to toe, Langham will have a notable height and reach advantage, with the 180cm southpaw dwarfing his 168cm opponent, a statistic he’s sure to use in his favour. “I need to fight smart, use my height and reach advantage and avoid getting in the trade,” Langham said.
“As long as I stay relaxed and do what I’ve got to do, he’ll have a hard time dealing with me.”
And as for what shot the former Olympian expects to end the contest? “My right hook is my preferred shot but my left uppercut is my most effective weapon,” Langham said.
Other local fighters on the card include professionals Trevor Jacky and Casey Hannan and amateurs Elliot Balk, Richard Burns, Dwayne Good, Ryan Head, Ricky Irwin, Thai Lynch, Will Parsons, Josh Robbie, Tom Strain and Josh Togo.