15th May 2012
All eyes will be on Liverpool this weekend, even though Vegas was supposed to be sizzling with the re-match between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson was cancelled.
Liverpool will host an array of quality fights, amongst them will be British light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane’s defence of his Lonsdale belt.
Original opponent for the May 19 fight, Steve Williams, pulled out today, but has already been replaced with Darren Hamilton. – Here is what he told me for www.britishboxers.co.uk.
S - So now that Darren Hamilton has stepped up to be your opponent, how did that come about so quickly as a replacement for Steve Williams who was to challenge you originally and did his camp tell you why he withdrew?
Ashley Theophane - Steve Williams has cited a “Chest infection” for his decision to pull out of our fight. I easily could have waited for a new date with Steve but I wanted to fight as I have just completed a 15 week training camp. My advisor Rene Carayol and Frank Maloney worked together for me to get me the best possible opponent for Saturday. Darren is current Southern Area and British masters champion. He has recently beat two time British title challenger John Watson in Liverpool. So he is in good current form. He is possibly a harder fighter than Steve Williams.
S – Hamilton has only fought a few weeks ago, how do you think you will do in this challenge?
Ashley Theophane – I believe I can beat anyone in Britain so I expect another win on Saturday. I’ve been in the ring with WBC world champion Danny Garcia, WBA world number four Delvin Rodriguez and WBC world number nine and former WBO world champion Demarcus Corley in America so I have the experience to win.
S – We hear that you have been working alongside Don Charles who is Dereck Chisora’s and Ali Adam’s trainer how has that been going and what kind of instructions have you received from him?
Ashley Theophane – I’ve worked with Don Charles a few times in the past. So this is nothing new. He is one of the best trainers in the United Kingdom. Don Charles believes in my talent and sees firsthand how hard I train. Don Charles and my US trainer Harry Keitt will advise me accordingly to get the victory on Saturday.
S - With the Las Vegas fight between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson being cancelled, Liverpool will be the place on the map that everyone will be looking towards in the boxing world on Saturday, does that make you feel excited and what do you think of the cancellation of the fight in Vegas?
Ashley Theophane – I was looking forward to watching Adrian Broner vs. Gary Sykes so it is a shame the Vegas show was canceled. Lamont Peterson put in a great performance in his fight with Khan so it is a shame the rematch will not be happening. I’m excited about winning on Saturday and getting back on the International scene.
S – Apart from your aspirations to be a great success what message do you have for your fans especially back in your home of West London as well as everywhere in the world?
Ashley Theophane – I thank all of my supporters all over the world and in London as they make all my hard work and sacrifices worthwhile. There is many more great years in front of me so watch this space. I have made the seemingly impossible, possible in my career so I will continue that trend. Look out for me on Hatton, Golden Boy and Mayweather promotions shows in the near future. There is no limit to what I can achieve
Theophane v Hamilton will be on the undercard of the David Price and Sam Sexton fight, who both clash for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. Also on the bill is Adil Anwar vs Dave Ryan, a 10 round British light-welterweight title eliminator. - John Donnelly meets Mike Robinson in an interesting all Scouse derby rematch. – The vacant Commonwealth flyweight championship is on the line with Paul Edwards and Kevin Satchell challenging for it. - Also Travis Dickinson and Bob Ajisafe meet in a 10 round light heavyweight meeting.