|@AshleyTheophane and Ricky Burns @ricksterko
Sparring with Ricky Burns?
Theophane says he is in shape now and could fight next week if he had to. Always in demand as a sparring partner. Ashley has provided world lightweight champion Ricky Burns with some solid sparring recently and witnessing the champion at close quarters, believes that the Scottish hero will have too much for challenger Kevin Mitchell when the two clash on September 22.
would be ready to fight next week if need be as every session with
Ricky was more intense and we both performed better. There were no easy
days and we went at it for all of the 48 rounds we completed over two weeks.
“I’ve sparred six world champions before sparring Ricky Burns so obviously I was called in to help him prepare as I’m experienced on the world scene and a well conditioned fighter. Sparring Ricky has been a great experience and we both have enjoyed it.
“Our sessions have had a bit of everything. If Ricky chooses to go to war or box Kevin Mitchell, he will be able to do it. Kevin is a stepping stone to bigger fights on the world scene and I believe in Ricky’s talent that he will get past Kevin.
One last thing I wanted to ask Ashley was what he thought of Danny Garcia beating Amir Khan and becoming WBA and WBC world welterweight champion? ‘Treasure’ fought Garcia, unbeaten in 15 fights at the time, losing a close split decision in 2010, and pushing Garcia all the way. Theophane says Garcia is over rated but added he wasn’t surprised Khan got beat by the Philadelphia boxer.
“Danny is represented by Al Haymon and promoted by Golden Boy. That’s the dream team right there and any fighter with that backing will win a world title.”