EXCLUSIVE: Ashley Theophane would relish Danny Garcia rematch, offers support to Adrien Broner
Ashley Theophane would be interested in facing Danny Garcia for a second time on the back of the two-weight world champion’s recent win over Brandon Rios.
‘Treasure’ watched on in Reno as Garcia scored a crushing Knockout of the Year contender against Rios and says he sounded out ‘Swift’ earlier in the year.
The Londoner, 37, opposed a 15-0 Garcia way back in 2010, fighting out a close split decision in an encounter which could have gone either way and Theophane would like another crack if it was ever possible in the future.
“I flew into Vegas to support my team-mate Ron Gavril who was chief support. Brandon and Danny both fought a great fight and it was a terrific finish from Danny,” Theophane exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Someone has always got to lose in sport and it just wasn’t Brandon’s night. I’m sure he’ll be back.
“On the other hand, there’s now some big fights for Danny as well. He seems to have his choice of Porter, Spence or Thurman – to name a few.
“I looks like a rematch would have to wait but I did ask Dejuan Blake (Floyd Mayweather’s cousin) about it back in January as Danny needed a comeback opponent.
“But win or lose I’ve fought some big names during my career so I’m always interested in getting those kinds of big fights.
“You have to win the small ones in between in order to get them,” he added.
Asked whether he sees another world title in Garcia’s future after the Philadelphian suffered a first career loss in January of last year, Theophane added: “It’s possible.
“The 147lbs division is hot right now but everything is about timing.”
Another former opponent – Adrien Broner – who defeated Theophane in his only world championship chance to date, has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons lately.
Broner was arrested again last week at a mall just months after being hauled in by police on a battery charge.
Theophane, who went nine rounds with Broner in 2016, offered his support to ‘The Problem’ ahead of the American’s clash with Omar Figueroa.
“Something is always going on with AB. That’s just his life,” pointed out Theophane.
“I wish him nothing but the best as he gave me a world title opportunity when he didn’t have to.
“If I could offer him any words I’d tell him to live his life and surround himself with good people.
“At the end of the day, the boxing media and fans don’t know what is going on in his life. He gets arrested, released but to my knowledge and he hasn’t been convicted of these things that keep happening.
“He’s an easy target for some and he’s innocent until proven guilty,” he added.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay