Ashley “Treasure” Theophane, the current IBO International welterweight champion believes his shot at the British light welterweight title is now three years overdue. The globetrotting Londoner who has been training in America for the past five years sparring the likes of world champions Joan Guzman, Yuri Foreman, Elio Rojas and Paul Malignaggi will finally get his opportunity on February 5th, when he takes on Lenny Daws for the British light welterweight title at Wembley Arena.
“I won an eliminator back in 2007 against Alan Bosworth for the British title so my shot is three years overdue now. I’ve recently beaten world #3 and USBA champion Delvin Rodriguez so British champion Lenny Daws is a step back for me.” said Theophane.
Theophane who boasts wins over former world champion Demarcus Corley and then world number three Delvin Rodriguez believes that he is past domestic level and a world title shot will be on the cards soon. “My main focus is a World Title shot which will come one day but I feel that I have now past domestic level and my fight against Lenny will be a “keep busy” fight until a bigger fight comes along. The IBF contacted my management in September about a IBF World title eliminator against Randal Bailey but a deal couldn’t be agreed with the promoter. I was due to fight former world champion Steve Forbes in December so I’m constantly linked with the world elite as that’s what I am. Lenny is unknown outside of Britain and is trying to get to where I am right now.”
“Lenny Daws is a good Domestic fighter as he has shown, this being his second reign as British champion. He has had some stoppages of late which is good for him but just being Ashley Theophane will be enough to beat him.”
“I’m Lenny Daws best opponent to date but he is far from mine. I’m his big test. I have all his attributes. I’m just better.” Added Theophane.
The current British light welterweight champion, “Lightening” Lenny Daws new year’s resolution will be to join the elite crop of boxers including the likes of Carl Froch, Lennox Lewis and Sir Henry Cooper by winning the prestigious Lonsdale belt outright when he defends his title against Theophane.
Daws’ who is coming off a good win against Steve Williams, believes he has the strength, fitness and work rate to beat Theophane.
“I have had a look at a few of his fights and I was ringside for his last fight against Willie Thompson. He’s an experienced, good boxer, nice mover, good on his feet and has mixed with some top class fighters, but my style has all of the attributes, strength, fitness, pressure and work rate to beat this guy and within the distance”
Lenny isn’t relishing the training over Christmas but knows how important this fight is to him. “Training over the Christmas period is never easy or enjoyable for any boxer, there’s always the extra temptation like a sneaky mince pie or two, but I’m focused on beating him and securing the British belt outright.”
“This is what I have always wanted then I can start thinking about a European or World title challenge later in the year,” added Lenny.
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