Ashley Theophane is virtually unknown in the United States, but he has a chance to change all of that if he defeats Adrien Broner. Theophane-Broner is looking more and more likely to happen each passing day, and Theophane claims he is ready to defeat the American star.
In an interview with Phil D Jay of World Boxing News, Theophane, who has been in London for the past month, told WBN that all parties involved want the fight and that Team Broner wants Adrien back in the ring sometime in January.
Broner is coming off of a win against Khabib Allakhverdiev in October in which he scored a technical knockout with less than a minute left in the fight. Theophane was asked about Broner and his last performance in the ring.
“I haven’t watched the fight, but I heard he put in a very good performance. His best in years,” Theophane told World Boxing News.
He continued to say, “Name-wise, Adrien Broner maybe the biggest in the 140lb division. It’s the fight I want and I believe 100% I will win and shock the boxing world.”
Theophane is correct in saying that Broner may not be the best at 140 at the moment (Terrence Crawford or Postal would likely receive that honour), but he is by far the biggest name in that division.
A win over Broner would do wonders for Theophane in terms of business. It would be a tall task for Theophane — last seen in the ring on the Mayweather-Berto undercard versus Steve Upsher — to defeat Broner.
Theophane is going to somehow have to make Broner feel the limited power he has. If Ashley does indeed pull off this upset, his game plan needs to be focused on punches in bunches.
He could possibly hurt Broner with a series of body shots or well-placed and well-timed jabs. Theophane does have one advantage for this fight: he will have Floyd Mayweather helping him prepare to take on a guy who Floyd knows very well.