By Phil D. Jay
Former British light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane has wasted no time in putting himself forward for a fight with Amir Khan after the Bolton fighter lost his WBA title for the second time at the weekend.
Theophane, 31, was himself relieved of his belt against Darren Hamilton last time out in a shock result of his own, but has gone the distance with Khan’s latest conqueror Danny Garcia and would be willing to fight Khan on his UK return later this year.
“Golden Boy have said that Amir Khan can fight world champions Devon Alexander and Paul Malignaggi but he needs a confidence boosting fight first,” Theophane told World Boxing News.
“At 140lbs there is no one else in Britain to fight, except me. I did better than him against Garcia.
“Many people thought I won that fight and even Danny said straight after the fight he thought I won.
“I beat two time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez and former world champion DeMarcus Corley who recently knocked out former European champion Paul McCloskey (who lost to Khan in six rounds) so I am the only viable fighter at 140lbs for him.“
25 year-old Khan was dropped three times on his way to a fourth round defeat to Garcia and Theophane believes that the Olympic silver medallist chose the wrong tactics against the American and that was his ultimate downfall.
‘King’ Khan has now suffered two straight losses following the debated points reverse to Lamont Peterson in December, although Theophane says the former light-welterweight king took too many shots in both fights.
“If Khan was to fight me the way he fought Peterson and Garcia I will end his career.
“If Khan wants to fight the best in Britain he need not look no further than me as my record speaks for itself,” added Theohpane.
Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net