Former British light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane is ready to step in and end Amir Khan’s search for an April opponent in the UK and would be willing to meet the one-time unified world champion at a catchweight.
Speaking to WBN this morning, Theophane explained that he has options for an upcoming ring return around the same times as Khan’s April 20 date, but is keen to provide the Bolton man with the maiden opponent he is looking for around the 144lb mark after rumours surfaced that Mexican multi-weight world title holder Humberto Soto was in the frame.
“We are looking at a number of offers,” Theophane told World Boxing News.
“There’s a date in April that is close to being finalized and I want a Championship fight. I’ve been offered fights with a former British champion and a current British champion – but I’m done with the domestic scene. I find it boring!
“Only Amir Khan and former British champ Lenny Daws (soon to be European champion) interest me on these shores.
“I’m open to fighting Amir Khan at 140 or 144lbs. It’s not an issue for me,” he explained.
“Amir is a former world champion and I’m a former British champion. We’ve both also won various International titles and we’ve both faced Danny Garcia.
“I dropped a split decision to him and he got knocked out by him. So we have a mutual opponent in common. It is pointless him fighting has-been’s like Humberto Soto and I’m a live opponent!
“I’ve beaten former world champion DeMarcus Corley, who went on to knock out Amir’s former opponent Paul McCloskey and I’ve beaten two time world challenger Delvin Rodriguez. My results in America speak for themselves. We would be a great fight. They just need to call Rene Carayol and make it happen.”
Khan, 26, is gearing up to move to welterweight, but is known to want a fight just a few pounds higher than his current limit of 140 to test the waters. A proposed clash with Ricky Hatton-conqueror Vyacheslav Senchenko fell apart as the Ukrainian could not boil down less than 146 and Theophane stepping in would certainly stir up interest with the British fans.