Advertisement
Advertisement

Theophane To Spar With Ricky Burns For Mitchell Bout

By Phil D. Jay

Former British light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane is aiming to put the disappointment of his loss to Darren Hamilton behind him when he makes his comeback in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 24.

The 31 year-old, who has fought some of the top fighters between 140 and 154lbs, planned to take 18 months out of chasing his world title dream to win a British Lonsdale belt outright and just fell short with points defeat to Hamilton in May after making two defences.

The Londoner is now returning to the US to re-establish his headline status on American soil.

He fights for the 38th time in his career against an opponent yet to be named at NC Music Factory’s Reelworks Studios and is currently preparing to get back to winning ways.

“Training has gone well for this fight. I've been in the gym for nearly nine weeks so I'm in great shape and ready to go,” Theophane told World Boxing News.

“I'm feeling ready to continue where I left off in 2010 when I pushed (current WBC light-welterweight champion) Danny Garcia to the distance, beat (154lb world title challenger) Delvin Rodriguez on points and picked up the IBO International title (by defeating Harasch Hotaki).

“I've had my biggest wins in America and performed my best over there. My goal as a kid was to fight the best in America and that is still my goal. I enjoyed being British champion for 15 months but it's time to get back in the ring with the big boys on the world scene.”

‘Treasure’ has had to turned down some big opportunities across the Atlantic in recent times for one reason or another and hopes a win later this month will have promoters knocking on his door once again.

“My name is always linked to big bouts in the States, be it on HBO or Showtime so what comes up in future is not an issue. It's about one that gets me excited,” he explained.

“I've been linked with Lamont Peterson, Josesito Lopez, Victor Ortiz and Randall Bailey in the past and they’ve all gone on to do great things, so these are the type of opponents that I'm interested in.

"Fights that excite me are genuine 50/50 fights or some bouts I go into as the underdog.”

Theophane confirmed some upcoming sparring with WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns, who has an important title defence against Kevin Mitchell on September 22nd and after been forced the turn down the Scot once, this time he greatly accepted.

“I got asked to spar Ricky Burns back in February but I was in New York or Las Vegas getting ready for my British title defence so it wasn't possible,” said Theophane.

“Billy Nelson asked me last week if I was available and I am so let's do this!

“I think Ricky Burns is one of Britain's best fighters so I'm looking forward to sparring with him for his world title defence against Mitchell.

“Kevin Mitchell is a good fighter, but he hasn't fought the world class fighters I have so I'm sure Ricky will deal with him comfortably.

“As for my future, there are some great fights out there in the 140lb and 147lb divisions. Brandon Rios, Kendall Holt, Marcos Maidana, Victor Ortiz and Humberto Soto are all fighters I'd love to fight.

“Whenever or wherever they happen, I'm up for it.”

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by cuzzlo on 08-13-2012

Damn, this means that this fight is going to be off the damn hinges. I like both boxers, but Mitchell did get brutally stopped by Katsidis but has shown he has serious class. Burns is good and thorough but a…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Gilberto Ramirez-Dominik Britsch on Crawford-Postol HBO PPV De La Hoya: I Thought Pacquiao Would Be Easy, Canelo in Tough! Gassiev Warns Povetkin: Wilder Punches Harder Than Klitschko Verdejo Not Worried About Critics, Intends To Fulfill Expectations Freddie Roach Says Frankie Gomez in 'Best Shape' For Herrera Amir Khan Stands To Pocket 13 Million in Canelo Showdown Brown on PBC: We're Giving Fans What They Want and Expect Examining the Badou Jack-Lucian Bute Scorecards Anthony Joshua-Zhang Zhilei Eyed For The Future in China? Glen Tapia Ready For David Lemieux, Feels A lot Stronger at 160 Bute Wants the Winner of DeGale-Jack Unification Fight Photos: Anthony Crolla vs. Ismael Barroso Open Workouts Examining the James DeGale-Porky Medina Scorecards Hearn Wants Joshua to Become Pay-Per-View Star in America ALA Promotions Prez: Magsayo Will Never Be Another Pacquiao De La Hoya Breaks Down Speed vs. Power Fights of The Past Curtis Stevens on The Trainer Switch To John David Jackson Team Verdejo Bring in Nutrionists, Sports Psychologists For 6/11 DeGale: I Showed Medina Levels, He Doesn't Deserve Rematch Garcia: If Golovkin Will Face Floyd at 154, Then Face Canelo at 155 Magdaleno To Apply Pressure For Nonito Donaire Title Shot Tommy Coyle Calls To Avenge Luke Campbell KO Loss Video: Hearn Talks Judging Issues in Boxing, Crolla vs. Barroso Amir Khan Followed Strict Diet Switch For Showdown With Canelo Video: Hearn Excited About Mayweather vs. Matchroom Card Shane Mosley Makes Heroic Rescue Of Baby in Freeway Wreck Video: Eddie Hearn Talks DeGale vs. Jack, Smith, More Garcia: Amir Khan Will Not Be an Easy Fight For Canelo "Fighting Words" - On Francisco Vargas’ Positive Drug Test Bute on Jack Draw: I Started Too Late Yet Again Matthysse To Sit Down With De La Hoya in Vegas, Discuss Future Mayweather, Hearn in Talks For TMT vs. Matchroom Card Video: James DeGale on Mayweather, Hearn Rift, Jack, More Video: Callum Smith Breaks Down DeGale-Medina, Jack-Bute Jack-Bute CompuBox Punch Stats Video: Badou Jack Feels Robbed, Looks To The Future Thomas Williams: I Want Adonis Stevenson Next, I Want His Belt! Mayweather's Trademark Filings Could Be Biggest Hint of Return Porky Medina: Badou Jack is Better Than James DeGale Della Rosa, Attou Battle To a Draw For Vacant EU Title
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement