Theophane to feature in build-up to Ricky Burns fight

Ashley Theophane is back in Britain this week to spar with world lightweight champion Ricky Burns following Friday’s successful comeback against Ronnie Warrior.

Theophane, who was making his first return to the ring since he lost his British light-welterweight title to Darren Hamilton in May, recorded a comfortable points win in Charlotte, North Carolina.

And the Kilburn fighter, 32, immediately flew back across the Atlantic to join up with Burns, who is preparing to defend his WBO crown against Kevin Mitchell next month.

Theophane was never troubled by his opponent’s southpaw style, displaying superior skill and speed to take an 80-72 decision on the scorecards of all three judges.

Former Dale Youth ABC star Steve O’Meara will be back in action next month in a six-round contest at York Hall.

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O’Meara, who has not fought since his first-round knockout of Nathan Weise last year, will face an opponent yet to be named on Friday September 14.

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