Theophane: Mayweather sparring secured deal, set up undercard chance
Former British champion Ashley Theophane is currently living out every fighter’s dream as part of Floyd Mayweather’s ‘Money Team’ in Las Vegas and is just eight days away from his high-profile debut at the MGM Grand.
The 33 year-old, who recently signed a three-year agreement with the pound for pound king’s promotional outfit, believes that his past performances in the US, coupled with holding his own in the gym against Mayweather and his prospects, help him to earn his freshly-inked contract.
“I have nothing to prove in the US as my record in the US played a part in me getting signed by Floyd Mayweather. He knows we have a mutual opponent in former world champion Demarcus Corley and I’ve beaten two time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez, who fights Miguel Cotto next,” Theophane told World Boxing News.
“I also dropped a split decision to current world champion Danny Garcia, so these are three respected fighters in America, plus Floyd sparred me as well to see how good I was and that sealed the deal.”
Having left the USA in 2010, Theophane, affectionately known as ‘The Treasure,’ decided to have an extented run in his home country and obtained the coveted Lonsdale belt almost immediately making two successful defences.
Theophane’s UK run ended on a somewhat sour note with a lacklustre loss to Darren Hamilton in Liverpool, although the devout Tottenham fan admits that he struggled to gee himself up at domestic level.
A win against hardened Mexican and two-time world title challenger Pablo Cesar Cano on PPV is now required to hit the ground running under the Mayweather banner, with Theophane taking the first step on his quest to claim the world title as Floyd battles Saul Alvarez on September 14 in Las Vegas.
“I’ve always been a big game player and that is why I’m facing Cano and not some nobody,” he explained. “Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe have made it be known they believe I have what it takes to be a world champion, so that is the goal.
“I’ve signed a three year deal with Mayweather promotions. My focus is to win against Cano next Saturday and then sit down with the team and see what’s next. One fight at a time.”