Ashley gets a crack at British crown

ASHLEY Theophane, who switches training camps between Canning Town and New York USA, gets a British title clash on the Mick Hennessey promotion on Saturday, February 5, at the Wembley Arena.

British-light welterweight champion Lenny Daws defends against Theophane, and the challenger is not short of confidence as he looks forward to his title bid.

“My main focus is a world title shot, which will come one day, but I feel that I have now passed the domestic level and my fight against Lenny will be a ‘keep busy’ fight until a bigger offer comes along,” said the TKO Gym-trained fighter.

Theophane, who boasts wins over former world champion Demarcus Corley and top-rated Delvin Rodriguez during his campaign in American rings, continued: “Lenny Daws is a good domestic fighter as he has shown, I’m his best opponent to date, but he is far from mine.

“I’m his big test. I have all his attributes. I’m just better.”

Hennessey features two title fights at the Wembley show, also matching John O’Donnell and Craig Watson for the vacant British welterweight title, while unbeaten middleweight Darren Barker heads the undercard in a 10-round contest.

John Ryder, Lee Purdy and Tyler Goodjohn are other members of Tony Sims’ Hainualt gym squad featured in a line-up of leading prospects in supporting bouts at Wembley, where Chris Evangelou and Phill Furyare are also in action.

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Meanwhile, there are two title tournaments planned for London on February 5, as the rival promoters battle it out for the first time in 2011.

At the Brentwood Centre on the same night, Frank Maloney gets SkySports TV for his British light-middleweight title top-liner between champion Sam Webb and Welsh campaigner Bradley Pryce.

An interesting super-flyweight six-rounder on the bill pairs experienced Martin Power against unbeaten Ashley Sexton

Heavyweight David Price is also in action on Maloney’s bill at Brentwood.