Chris Van Heerden offers Ashley Theophane IBO title shot
IBO welterweight champion Chris Van Heerden has reached out to WBN to confirm that he wants to face Briton Ashley Theophane in the UK or the US as the South African looks to branch out from his homeland.
The 26 year-old, who holds a 19-1-1 record, has fought just once outside his native country when losing a controversial split decision to Nikola Stevanovic in Serbia three years ago, but is confident that there would be no repeat against the former British champion.
Van Heeren overcame Theophane’s compatriot Matthew Hatton on home soil in March via a unanimous decision and ‘The Heat’ is now ready to cash in his air miles and agree to a fight on either side of the Atlantic.
“I am hungry to fight, keep my name out there and be active so a UK fight with Ashley Theophane is perfect for me,” Van Heerden told World Boxing News.
“I have to build on my win over Matthew Hatton and would welcome the fight if the deal is right for everyone. I know he has a good record and has fought some good names, so it makes sense for all to get it done.
“I have watched some video of Ashley and I know I can beat him, that’s if he isn’t scared to face me.”
Theophane, 32, has recently finished up a nine-week training camp at pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas and is looking for a fight after his scheduled clash this weekend was cancelled.
“It’s good that he trains with Mayweather, but that doesn’t make him Floyd,” said Van Heerden.
“I have trained alongside some world champions too and believe me I am hungry for this fight. Let’s get it done. I know I will beat him.”