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Ashley Theophane Talks British Boxing, Training in America and His Future
By Chris Maylett on June 10, 2013
Ashley ‘Treasure’ Theophane is the former British light-welterweight champion. He won the belt by defeating Lenny Daws on points in Febuary 2011 at Wembley Arena. After two successfull defences against Jason Cook and Ben Murphy, Theophane lost his Lonsdale to Darren Hamilton in a close decision in May 2012.
Since then the Londoner has had two comeback fight and is set to establish himself again not just domestically but on the world stage again. BritishBoxers.co.uk caught up with Ashley who is in America training, we find out what he has been up to and what his plans are for the future, including his take on the current British boxing scene.
You last fought in Luxembourg a first round KO win and you won the ‘Global Boxing Council welterweight title’ – That was in December 2012, so nearly six months out of the ring. Why the inactivity and what have you been doing since then?
I’ve spent nine weeks in Las Vegas training at the Mayweather Boxing Club, training with Floyd himself and I was flown to New York City for 2 weeks by former world champion Luis Collazo who fought Ricky Hatton, Andre Berto and Shane Mosley. This year I’ve sparred former two weight world champion Celestino Caberello, former world champion Luis Collazo, world number 5 Shawn Porter, world number 15 Vernon Paris, the money team’s Mickey Bey, US Olympian Errol Spence Junior, former world number 5 and 2x US amateur champion Semajay Thomas. These are some of the best boxers around. I’ve had a fantastic and productive year in America so far. No other British fighter is getting this quality work. If that’s lack of activity then I don’t want to be busy. I’ve been working hard in the gym to become a better fighter. I’m respected State to State and coast to coast in America. The work I put in the gym is of the highest order with some of the best coaches in the business.
So you are really living it up in America? Good on you!
I wouldn’t say I’m living it up. I work everyday. I’m one of the hardest working sportsmen in the world. My childhood dream was to fight and train in America. That’s what I’m doing.
Were you meant to box on 18th May in Essex?
I was due to fight on Miranda Carter’s Left Jab promotion but the show was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, which was a shame. Britain’s top promoters Frank Warren, Eddie Hearn and Mick Hennessey have all cancelled shows. it happens in boxing.
Are there any Fights in the pipeline for you?
A promotional group in New York offered me a promotional contract last week and I was offered an eight round fight on Bernard Hopkins undercard at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn in July. There’s been talk of fights in New Mexico, El Paso, Missisippi and Washington. There is loads in the pipeline. It will be announced at the appropriate time.
What is your plan for the next few years of your career or do you not think that far?
The plan is the same as it has always been, to fight the best fighters in the world. I’m one of the best fighters in the world and I want to continue where I left off when I beat Delvin Rodriguez who went on to fight for the world title after I beat him and I chose to win the British championship but now I’m back. I put in great performances in sparring against great fighters.