Theophane throws down challenge to Amir Khan

PUBLISHED: 12:03 18 July 2012 | UPDATED: 11:15 23 July 2012

Ashley Theophane

Ashley Theophane

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Kilburn light-welterweight Ashley ‘Treasure’ Theophane says he wants to take on deposed world champion Amir Khan later this year.

Khan lost his WBA world title in Las Vegas last weekend to Danny Garcia – who Theophane took the distance two years ago before a split decision went against him.

And the 31-year-old – who held the British title until his shock defeat by Darren Hamilton in May – believes he is the only credible opponent for Khan if the former Olympic silver medallist opts to return to the domestic scene.

“At 140lbs there is no-one else in Britain to fight, except me,” Theophane told World Boxing News. “I did better than him against Garcia. Many people thought I won that fight and even Danny said straight after the fight he thought I won.

“I beat two-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez and former world champion DeMarcus Corley, so I am the only viable fighter at 140lbs for him.

“If Khan wants to fight the best in Britain, he need look no further than me as my record speaks for itself.”

Theophane, who started out as an amateur at All Stars ABC in Paddington, has won 31 bouts and lost five as a professional, with one drawn.

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