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Mayweather: Theophane Won’t Be an Easy Fight for Broner

By David P. Greisman

On paper, the fight between Adrien Broner and Ashley Theophane on April 1 is a mismatch. Broner is a four-division world titleholder who is 31-2 with 23 KOs while Theophane is a 35-year-old veteran whose 39-6-1 record includes several signs that he’s reached his ceiling.

Those defeats include two losses earlier in his career, then a decision dropped to Ali Oubaali in 2008, a split decision loss to Danny Garcia back when Garcia was still a prospect in 2010, a unanimous decision loss to Darren Hamilton in 2012 and a split decision loss to Pablo Cesar Cano in 2013. Since then, he’s rattled off six straight victories, including a unanimous decision over Steve Upsher Chambers last September.

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But Theophane’s promoter, Floyd Mayweather, doesn’t just go by the records. He’s shared a ring with Theophane in the gym.

“Ashley, very humble, very hungry, very dedicted fighter. I don’t think this is going to be an easy fight for Adrien,” Mayweather said at a Feb. 29 press conference at a hotel in Washington, D.C., miles from where the bout will be held at the D.C. Armory

“He’s been in there with big punchers before — uh, what’s the kid’s name?” Mayweather said later, turning to longtime Mayweather executive Leonard Ellerbe for help remembering. “Danny Garcia is a very, very big puncher. You go look at the Danny Garcia fight and there’s Ashley, some people say Ashley won the fight. A lot of people say Ashley won the fight. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I think Ashley is going to go out there and do what he has to do.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bandman on 03-02-2016

if adrien loses this tune up..hes officially a bum.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 03-01-2016

I think the Floyd vs. AB beef is fake, and Floyd just wanted to get his fighter a title shot, and still give AB a chance to shine. Most promoters don't say "This won't be an easy fight for..." they…

Comment by daggum on 03-01-2016

[QUOTE=Caught Square;16507369]It's a mismatch on paper, reality or however you look at it. Theopane isn't a top 20 light welter and probably European level at best. [B]The ONLY reason this fight is happening is because he is affiliated with Floyd.[/B][/QUOTE]…

Comment by Caught Square on 03-01-2016

It's a mismatch on paper, reality or however you look at it. Theopane isn't a top 20 light welter and probably European level at best. The ONLY reason this fight is happening is because he is affiliated with Floyd.

Comment by daggum on 03-01-2016

theo will be a real phane in the butt....

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