Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Theophane Dares Broner To Go To War, Prove Knockout Boast

By Jake Donovan

It was barely a month ago when Ashley Theophane shared a press conference stage with Adrien Broner to formally announce their forthcoming super lightweight title fight, which takes place Friday evening at D.C. Armory in Washington D.C.  Broner had plenty to say on that occasion – including his insistence that the main event battle won’t last much longer than nine minutes (equating the scenario to the amount of time it lasted upon “losing his virginity”).

Theophane (39-6-1, 11KOs) has done his best to allow most of Broner’s trash talk to go in one ear and out the other, but all athletes choose to grab select sound bites for bulletin board material. The 13-year fight veteran has remained all business throughout his career, more so during this promotion as he’s played straight man to Broner’s clown prince.

In putting up with his opponent’s shenanigans, all he asks in return is for the defending titlist to honor previous pre-fight promises. 

boxing

“I want this man to live to his words that he’s going to stop me… by round four,” Theophane told a gathered crowd during Wednesday’s press conference at trendy Hamilton Live restaurant in Washington D.C. “That means he’s not going to run around me, that he’s going to war. That’s what I want, to go to war. We’ve trained for 12 hard rounds.”

The credentials of the 35-year old Theophane – born and raised in London but who now trains out of Las Vegas under the Mayweather Promotions banner – have been called into question ahead of Friday’s bout, which tops a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike TV tripleheader. The hard-luck veteran has won six consecutive bouts heading into Friday.

However, his ring ledger doesn’t come close to matching that of Broner, who has collected belts in four weight divisions. His most recent triumph came last October, scoring a 12th round stoppage of former champ Khabib Allakhverdiev to win a 140 lb. belt, while Theophane enters on the heels of a less-celebrated 10-round win over Steven Upsher Chambers.

Given the background, he understandably comes in as a heavy underdog. It’s a role with which the British boxer is comfortable playing, but expects to have to disprove his critics more so than seek out mutual respect from another prizefighter.

Opposing boxers are likely to pass out from holding their breath before waiting on Broner (31-2, 23KOs) to come correct in that regard. On this particular occasion, the man standing on the other side of the ring will just use it as more fuel for his inner fire.

“I’m glad he thinks this is a joke,” Theophane insists. “It’s not a joke. AND THE NEW!”

Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by robbyheartbaby on 03-30-2016

No doubt Theophane will give it all, this is his moment, Broner better be ready.

Comment by OctoberRed on 03-30-2016

Doubt Broner will KO him. I expect a one-sided decision

Comment by Teetotaler on 03-30-2016

hahahahaha

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (3)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Wilder Not Happy Corner Stopped Fight, Says Leg Was Wrecked Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder Rematch - CompuBox Punch Stats Tyson Fury Drops Deontay Wilder Twice, Stops Him in Seven Wilder vs. Fury Rematch - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Charles Martin Blasts Out Gerald Washington in Sixth Charles Martin-Gerald Washington - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Emanuel Navarrete Breaks Down, Stops Santisima in Eleventh Emanuel Navarrete, Jeo Santisima - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Sebastian Fundora Decisions Daniel Lewis Over Ten Molina Upsets Imam By Unanimous Decision On Wilder-Fury Undercard Sebastian Fundora, Daniel Lewis - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Ananyan Drops, Shocks Subriel Matias On Wilder-Fury Card Wilder: Fury Won't Come Forward; Will Resort To What He Knows Brad Foster Stops Lucien Reid In Six, Keeps British & Commonwealth Belts Matias: Just Thinking About Being On Wilder-Fury Card Amazes Me Gabriel Flores Drops Conway Early, Wins Decision On Wilder-Fury Luis Ortiz's S&C Coach Leans To Wilder in Fury Rematch Vito Mielnicki Batters Champion, Wins Decision On Wilder-Fury Card Umar Sadiq A Step Closer To British Belt After Outpointing Kody Davies Lowe Beats Guevara On Points In Foul-Filled Fight On Wilder-Fury Undercard Romero Stops Ahmetovs In 2nd Round On Wilder-Fury Undercard Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder II: Stats & Stakes Hopkins: Tyson Fury Second Only To Muhammad Ali As A Salesman Wilder: If Fury Were Confident, He Wouldn't Have Changed Trainers Ryan Garner Back After 14-Month Hiatus, Gets Points Win In London Deontay Wilder: I Only Showed 50% In First Fury Fight Warren: What Happens When Fury Drops Wilder? Will He Get Up? Navarrete: After I Win, Will Definitely Aim For Unification Bout Tyson Fury: I Think We've Seen The Best Of Deontay Wilder Wallin: Fury Will Beat Wilder On Points; Not Sure He Can Take Him Out Charles Martin: I Had The Money, Now I'm Here For My Legacy Fury: Breazeale Wobbled Wilder & He Couldn’t Keep A 50-Year-Old Man Down! Wilder: This Time, Fury's Not Getting Up; I Promise You That! Daily Bread Mailbag: Wilder-Fury Rematch, Canelo-Plant, More Co-Trainer: Wilder Doesn’t Get Enough Credit For Improvement, Skill Level, Ring IQ Brad Foster vs. Lucien Reid Rematch To Air On ITV, Saturday At York Hall SugarHill Steward Breaks Down Wilder vs. Fury Rematch Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Rematch Preview & Analysis Lennox Lewis Breaks Down Wilder vs. Fury Rematch Fury: I Wasn't Trying To Lose Weight, The Weight is Not Important
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement