Ashley Theophane former British light welterweight champion now fighting out of Las Vegas under the Mayweather Promotions banner SIGNED promotional 7" x 5" photo.
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Ashley Theophane (born 30 August 1980) is an English fighter who competes in the light welterweight division. He was the British light welterweight champion having won the title from Lenny Daws in February 2011. (Lost the title to Darren Hamilton in May 2012).
Professional Boxing Career
Early Professional Career
Thoephane made his professional debut at the York Hall, London on 3 June 2003 defeating Lee Bedell, he beat an experienced journeyman, Brian Coleman, in his next fight on 22 July 2003 and won a further five contests throughout 2004 giving him a record of 7-0 at the end of the year. In his first fight of 2005 on 26 March, Theophane suffered his first defeat to Judex Meema at the Empire Theatre in Hackney, losing on points over six rounds. The rest of the year had mixed results with four more wins including two contests with journeyman David Kehoe and a win each over Duncan Cottier and Jus Wallie but with another defeat, this time to Oscar Milkitas on 18 November, again on points although this time over 4 rounds. In his first fight of 2006 and now boasting a record of 11-2 Theophane drew with Daniel Thorpe at the Excel Arena in Londons Docklands. The rest of the year saw six more fights and six more wins including three victories fighting away from home in Germany, the latter a win on 2 December against Omar Siala, was for the lightly regarded Global Boxing Council welterweight title at the IFCO Arena in Berlin. At the end of the year Theophanes record stood at 17-2-1 and on the verge of a challenge for the British title.
On 20 January 2007 Theophane defeated Alan Bosworth in a British title eliminator at the Alexandra Palace in Wood Green, stopping him in the 7th round. The title opportunity was not to come however and Theophane travelled to Saint Lucia for his next fight, a win over Marcos Hernandez on 16 November 10 months after his last contest with Bosworth. He finished the year with a return to the York Hall and a win over journeyman Rocky Muscas on 1 December. On 15 February 2008 Theophane travelled to Connecticut in the United States and fought his toughest opponent to date, the Frenchman Ali Oubaali. Despite having Oubaali down in the 6th round Theophane suffered his third defeat on points over 10 rounds to a man who had previously contested both the French national title and the full European title at super featherweight. He returned to the York Hall on 15 June 2008 and returned to winning ways with a win over Geoffrey Munika and then headed back to the US for what would prove to be a biggest win of his career so far. The fight in Rochester, New York on 31 July 2008 pitched Theophane against experienced former World champion DeMarcus Corley and ended in an 8 round decision win for the Londoner. Despite the victory the year ended with Ashley once again fighting at the York Hall and beating journeyman Matt Scriven on 6 December, finishing the year with a record of 23-3-1.
Ashley's first fight of 2009 saw him beat former Commonwealth champion and European title challenger Craig Docherty at the York Hall and this was following up on 21 June with a win over rookie Mark Douglas for what would be his only fights of the year. On 26 February 2010 he returned to the states and fought the undefeated Danny Garcia at the Don Haskins Convention Centre in El Paso, Texas. The fight ended with a fourth career defeat for Theophane and with Garcia extending his winning record to 16-0 although only by a split decision. On 19 June 2010 Theophane returned to Germany and to winning ways, picking up a title for good measure. The fight in Burghausen represented a first contest of 12 rounds for Theophane and returned a majority decision for the Londoner against Harasch Hotaki from Afghanistan for the IBO international welterweight title. Theophane followed the victory up on 30 July 2010 with another fight in the States, this time in Oklahoma, and defeated the Dominican Republics USBA welterweight title holder and former IBF World title challenger Delvin Rodriguez for another majority decision this time over 10 rounds. On 10 October 2010 Theophane returned to England and scored a points victory over Willie Thompson in a show at the York Hall winning 60-55 in a six round contest. Ashley would win the lightly regarded GBC World welterweight title on 28 December 2012 in Luxembourg for the second time.
On 19 February 2011 Theophane won the British title at London's Wembley Arena. His opponent, the reigning champion Lenny Daws, was making the third defence of the belt. Despite a slow start Theophane came on strongly in the second half of the fight and knocked Daws down twice in the 9th round, eventually winning 115-111, 115-111 and 115-112 on the judges scorecards. Prior to the fight with Daws, Theophane told how he had spent his time training between New York and London and sparring the likes of Dmitry Salita, Steve Williams and Liam Walsh. Speaking of his confidence in terms of winning the fight Theophane said "I feel like I am dropping down a couple of levels to face Daws but his team bombarded me and my management with emails when I was in America trying to organise this fight, so let’s get it on!". On 23 July 2011 Theophane made the first defence of his title beating Jason Cook at the Wembley Arena with a 10th round stoppage. Following the fight Theophane signed a three-year promotional deal with Hatton Promotions with Ricky Hatton describing him as a "World class boxer". Theophanes second defence should have been against Nigel Wright in Peterlee but a late notice pull out resulted in a change of opponent with only two days notice with Ben Murphy stepping in. The fight took place on 10 December 2011 with Theophane suffering a gruelling opening assault only to break Murphy down in the later rounds to win with an 11th round stoppage.
Ashley Theophane has been training abroad since August 2005. His love of boxing came from watching American boxing. Mike Tyson sparked that fire inside of him and ever since then he has been focused on fighting and training in America. He has said many times how he finds "British boxing boring". When British boxing closed its door to Ashley. America opened hers. He has trained and fought some of the best fighters in the World.
Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York City
Ashley is highly respected at Gleason's gym in Brooklyn which is the oldest gym in America. Some of the greatest fighters ever to lace up boxing gloves have walked through the doors of Gleason's gym. Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Roy Jones, Marvin Hagler, Carlos Monzon, Pernell Whitaker, Wilfred Benitez, Julio Cesar Chavez and Alexis Arguello have all trained at this gym.
Ashley has sparred World champions Joan Guzman, Elio Rojas, Yuri Foreman, Paul Malignaggi, Argenis Mendez and countless World ranked fighters at Gleason's. For his big fights except his fight against former World champion DeMarcus Corley, he's had a training camp at Gleason's gym.
Mayweather Boxing Club In Las Vegas
Ashley first went to Las Vegas when preparing for his fight with Steve Williams. That fight never took place as Steve pulled out injured but the two weeks he spent at the Mayweather Gym was such a great experience that Ashley went back a year later.
Theophane trained alongside Floyd Mayweather and watched his intensive training sessions. Many sessions where closed to the public but Ashley was taken under the wing of the Mayweather Promotions fighters as one of their own. Floyd Mayweather went onto outfox and outbox Robert Guerrero at the MGM casino and hotel in Las Vegas on 4 May. Ashley was personally invited by Floyd and given three $1,500 tickets.
He would return to London the day after the fight but with "Boxing dead in the UK" Ashley headed back to Las Vegas. Not before a two-week stop off in New York City as former World champion Luis Collazo had requested Ashley's services for sparring. Luis could easily have used a boxer from New York or someone from the States but the high regard in what Ashley was held Stateside, he was flown in from London, England.
Ashley was offered a promotional deal from a New York-based promotional group but he had a vision and Las Vegas was the place he felt his dreams could become reality.
Ashley headed for Las Vegas after two weeks with Luis Collazo to train with an alongside the best coaches and boxers in the business. Floyd Mayweather the richest sportsman and number one boxer was a fighter that respected Ashley's hard work and Floyd was a fighter that inspired Ashley to be the best he could be.