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Ashley Theophane Marches On, Defeats Lenny Daws

By Alexey Sukachev

Road warrior Ashley Theophane (29-4-1, 7 KOs) got his third biggest career win to date in the main event of the show, promoted by Mick Hennessy of Hennessy Sports, at Wembley Arena in London, England. IBF #11 welterweight Theophane, who's fought all over the world during his lengthy stay in the paid ranks, came down in weight to score a well deserved victory over reigning British light welterweight titlist Lenny Daws (21-2-2, 9 KOs) to acquire his opponent's belt and some deserved recognition from British fight fans.

It was a tricky performance on Theophane's behalf. He set a trap, masterfully executed his pre-fight plan and came out big down the stretch to outsmart and to overpower Daws in the second half of the fight. But the starting rounds weren't in his favor. The taller and more active champion stuck his left jab into the slickster's face and added some power punches on occasion. Theophane, 30, who previously defeated former world champion DeMarcus Corley and ex-world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez, didn't pay much attention to Daws' actions and carefully boxed from the outside. He landed a few punches of his own but, on the other hand, he also avoided punishment.

As the bout progressed, it became obvious that Theophane was just pulling a swerve on Daws, 32. He took the fifth round (his first major success in the fight) with sharp and crisp single punches from different angles and, after dropping a close sixth due to inactivity, started to punch with more and more conviction in the seventh stanza.

Theophane landed big uppercuts, easily side-stepped to avoid the vicious blows of his rival and then landed more and more punches. The pattern was the same in the eighth but round nine was a colossal success for the challenger. Theophane landed several big blows with a special accent on his left uppercut to momentarily ice Daws and then started to break his body with some severe hooks, and landed a huge right hand at the end which had Daws on deck for the first time. The champion got up on shaky legs and did went into survival mode, but at the end of that three-minute span Theophane sent him down with the very same punch, again. The champion was lucky to hear the bell at the end of the ninth stanza. Daws was never the same after this round.

Theophane boxed wisely in the tenth and eleventh rounds and did everything he could to avoid any unnecessary punishment. Daws tried to get back to his jabbing game but was barely successful in doing so. Both fighters tried to deliver in the twelfth and the final round, but it was Theophane who, though less willing, was the sharper of two. In the end, all three judges saw it almost identical for the challenger: 115-112 (John Keane), 115-111 (Dave Parris) and 115-111 (Howard Foster)... And the NEW! BoxingScene saw it 59-55 - for Daws at the halfmark and 111-115 - for Ashley Theophane at the final bell.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by xcaret v3 on 02-19-2011

i came in thinking it was a female boxer...

Comment by Sparked_1985 on 02-19-2011

Ashley looked a cut above. He needs to be based here though and maybe Warren can pick him up. In America he's going to be sold down the river without anything to show for it, eventually.

Comment by taansend on 02-19-2011

Well done Ashley. Perfect game plan.

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