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Theophane promises to remain patient

PUBLISHED: 12:15 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 24 August 2010

KILBURN S Ashley Theophane insists he is prepared to bide his time after racking up another victory against Matt Scriven at York Hall on Saturday. Light welterweight Theophane had been due to meet former world champion Zab Judah on the undercard of the Jo

KILBURN'S Ashley Theophane insists he is prepared to bide his time after racking up another victory against Matt Scriven at York Hall on Saturday.

Light welterweight Theophane had been due to meet former world champion Zab Judah on the undercard of the Joe Calzaghe v Roy Jones Jr bill in New York last month, but the fight fell through.

Instead, 28-year-old Theophane found himself topping the bill for the first time in Bethnal Green, and took his professional record to 23 wins out of 27 with Saturday's points success.

He said: "Fights fall through all the time - you just have to keep focused and keep moving.

"I have faith in my ability so I am very sure the big fights Stateside I crave will happen.

"Most of the champions around now are in their thirties, so I am progressing and improving every year. My time will come."

Theophane's recent sparring sessions with Dmitriy Salita and Ajose Olusegun, ranked third in the world with the WBA and WBC respectively, seemed to have paid off as he put in a superb performance.

The Kilburn fighter's defence was superb and he pounded away with three and four-jab combinations, making good use of speed, skills and reflexes to confuse and frustrate his much bigger opponent.

And Theophane finished off with a party trick, touching his boot with his right hand, then landing that same right on Scriven's face and following up with a left hook to the body.

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