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Exclusive: Ashley Theophane gives insight into working with Floyd Mayweather, awaits US fight date

Joe Hewlett 04/04/2017
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Ashley Theophane is planning another assault on the light-welterweight division as he awaits his next opponent.

The Brit has another two years remaining on his deal with Mayweather promotions and is hopeful of challenging for more world title honors this year.

The Londoner has notched up 14 fights in America during his career since joining Mayweather promotions, and it’s safe to say he’s living the American dream.

Mayweather stepped in to take him under his wing in 2013 and delivered him a world title fight with Broner last year.

“It’s been a great experience being part of the team and it was disappointing to lose to AB but after sharing the ring with him I feel like I belong at this level, there has to be a winner and a loser,” Theophane exclusively told World Boxing News.

“The training camp I had for that fight was amazing, Floyd helped me with everything I needed going into the fight and to be with the biggest name in world boxing today is a big deal considering where I have come from.

“I didn’t have a promoter for 10 years and still went on to become British champion and world number four in the rankings. I had always thought, what I could I do if I had a promoter? And then Floyd came to me and said, ‘I want to help you.

“I’ve known Floyd for five years now and have been part of the team for four years and I’ve learned so much from him. The last three years of his career I worked with him and helped him prepare for fights in training camps – He has displayed what it takes to get to the top, you must show dedication and train hard. Every fight he went into he acted the underdog. He has a great team behind him which people tend to forget. I was ranked in the top 10 for two years and never got a world title fight but three years down the line I won six fights in a row and got rewarded with a fight against Broner,” he said.

“Every fight he went into he acted the underdog. He has a great team behind him which people tend to forget. I was ranked in the top 10 for two years and never got a world title fight, but three years down the line I won six fights in a row and got rewarded with a fight against Broner,” he added.

The light-welterweight is currently spending time in the UK and will jet back to America once his next opponent has been revealed. The 36-year-old has admitted he’s felt decidedly more appreciated by American audiences compared to those in his native land and feels at home Stateside.

“When I turned professional, it was always the dream to go over and fight in America. For me, it’s nice to be fighting here as I have always had a lot more love from the fans compared to the UK.

“I feel like I never got the love back in the UK. Now I’m based over there, you get to see how deep the talent pool is.

“I’m just waiting to hear confirmation from Mayweather Promotions before I head back to Vegas for camp.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95

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