Theophane tempted by chance to fight Lenny Daws or Amir Khan
Former British light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane wants to take a break from the domestic scene after Saturday’s clash with Chris Truman in Manchester.
The Kilburn fighter will be boxing in his homeland for the first time since he lost the British title to Darren Hamilton six months ago, but admits there are only two domestic options that would appeal to him in the near future.
Those would be a rematch with new European champion Lenny Daws – the man Theophane defeated to win the British crown in 2011 – or a chance to face ex-world champion Amir Khan, but the 32-year-old acknowledges both look unlikely.
“I want to go back to what I was doing a couple of years ago, boxing against the best in the world,” Theophane told the Times. “Lenny Daws or Amir Khan are the only other British guys I’d be interested in fighting.
“A rematch with Lenny is always a possibility, but I don’t think he’d be in a rush to box me after what I did to him last year and I doubt that [Daws’ promoter] Mick Hennessy would want him to have a rematch.
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“I’m on my own path – I’m not going to chase after anyone. When I’m boxing against British fighters, people like Hamilton or Ben Murphy, I feel like I’m their biggest fight and I expect them to raise their game.
“Boxing in America’s always been enjoyable and there’s been talk of me fighting in Mexico next year as well. I prefer to fight top boxers like Danny Garcia, DeMarcus Corley and Delvin Rodriguez – those are the kind of bouts I turned professional for.”
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Theophane, who started out as an amateur with All Stars ABC, Paddington, had originally been lined up to face Venezuela’s Johan Perez, who is ranked number six in the world with the WBA.
His replacement Truman may not have quite the same pedigree, but the West Midlander still boasts a professional record of eight wins and a draw from 12 contests – and also went the distance with Daws earlier this year.
“Many people thought Lenny lost that, so I’m expecting a hard fight from Truman,” added Theophane. “It’s only an eight-rounder, but I’ve trained as hard as I have done for any of my fights.
“I can’t afford to go there unmotivated like I did against Hamilton and lose again. I’m focused on getting a win, ending the year on a high and moving on to 2013.”
Theophane, who outpointed Ronnie Warrior Jr on his most recent outing in Charlotte, North Carolina, is boxing on the undercard of a show headlined by his own promoter Ricky Hatton.
The former two-weight world title holder is making a comeback against Vyacheslav Senchenko in front of his home crowd at the MEN Arena.