The three-year promotional deal with Hatton Promotions, makes Theophane the fourth British title holder boxing under Ricky Hatton’s banner, joining Martin Murray (middleweight), Anthony Crolla (lightweight) and Gary Buckland (super-featherweight).
Theophane 31, has a record of 30 wins, 4 losses and one draw with 8KOs to date has a professional. He’s been self managed for most of his career and having mixed at a high level, with many of his fights in America, he has learnt his trade on the tough circuit over the pond and feels it is time to get the opportunities he deserves.
The Londoner spoke to other UK based promoters before making his decision to team up with Hatton, but told us he is confident under Hatton’s experienced guidance, he can achieve his ambition and fight the best out there, like fellow Brit. Khan, the WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion.
“I spoke to Eddie Hearn, Frank Warren and Ricky Hatton since beating Lenny Daws in February. Theophane revealed to BritishBoxers.co.uk
“Ricky offered me the best deal and I feel like he actually believes in my talent. Ricky was once king of my weight division so he knows what I am going through. I am hungry to fight the World’s best and I know he can deliver.
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“My biggest wins have been in America against the World number three Delvin Rodriguez up at Welterweight and over former World champion Demarcus Corley.
“This year I captured the British Title which was a fabulous achievement. I want to win the Lonsdale belt outright then go after World champions Timonthy Bradley and Erik Morales.
“I am happy with what I have achieved in my career so far.” added Theophane.
“I have been self managed much of my career and what I have done has been amazing but I need an extra push in my career and I feel that Ricky Hatton can help me get the opportunities that I deserve.
‘Treasure’ turned professional in June 2003 and captured the domestic title at Wembley Arena in February by outpointing Lenny Daws.
He returned to the same venue in July and made a successful defence stopping Welshman Jason Cook in ten one-side rounds. He is now in training for the second defence of the title against Durham’s 31 year-old English champion Nigel Wright (24-6-1, 10KOs) a fight which Theophane believes will be a one side affair in his favour.
“Training is going well, it’s English champion Nigel Wright is next and I love fighting southpaws so I’m looking forward to putting some right hands in his face.”
“Nigel is a decent fighter but every time he steps up, he loses.
“You just have to look at our common opponent and fight record to see what is going to happen in our fight. It will be a one sided affair.
“2012 will be a big year for me. I believe I will get a World title shot and may even pick up the European title along the way.
“I have five years left in me so my aim is to get where Amir Khan is, fighting the World’s best.” added Theophane.
Hatton Promotions head Ricky Hatton said that he is excited to have signed talented Theophane having once ruled the light-welterweight division himself, before retiring and wants to take other British fighters on the path he once tread..
“Ashley has a British title, but he has already proven himself as a world class boxer. said Hatton.
“He isn’t afraid of fighting away from home and proved that by beating DeMarcus Corley and Devlin Rodriguez in the United States.
“It only seems like last night that I was a world champion at light-welterweight, but here I am now promoting Britain’s next potential 140lb world title holder.
“Domestically there is nobody who comes close to Ashley and I hope he will be one of many Hatton Promotions boxers winning world titles in the next 12-18 months.”
By Chris Maylett