Theophane Challenges Amir Khan To UK Showdown

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BetterCallSaul on 07-18-2012

This is a great first fight back for Khan. I believe Theophane beat Garcia, and getting a win over him would give Khan a lot of confidence. Still, Theophane blows hot and cold, and on the right day, he could…

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 07-18-2012

I think this is the fight that Khan needs,not the one I most want to see him in..But a solid fighter who is coming to fight with some skills..I won't mind this fight...

Comment by Mick Higgs on 07-18-2012

Surely Khan vs Hamilton makes more sence.

Comment by Michael Paine on 07-18-2012

[QUOTE=danceswithfire;12348944]im sure you are pretty sure they wanted the khan fight before he got destroyed except[/QUOTE] You don't think they would have wanted by far the biggest paydays in their careers because they would likely get beat? 99% of…

Comment by danceswithfire on 07-18-2012

[QUOTE=Own3d;12348934]I'm sure all these guys wanted to fight Khan before he got beat, but they wouldn't get a look in. Now there is a chance they could land a fight and people are complaining and calling them bums for putting…

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