Theophane set for money-spinning clash?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 July 2011

Ashley Theophane

Ashley Theophane

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A money-spinning clash with former world amateur champ Frankie Gavin, currently unbeaten as a pro, is the bright prospect for Ashley Theophane who retained his British light-welterweight title, stopping Jason Cook in the 10th round at Wembley on Saturday.

Cook, from Maestag, roared on by his Welsh supporters, made the early running as Theophane took his time to settle in the ring where he won the title by beating Lenny Daws in February.

He was clearly trouble by former European lightweight champion Cook’s solid punches and his grip on the title was further weakened when he had a point taken off for a low blow in the fifth.

However, after that setback, Theophane turned the fight his way as he found the the openings for his effective counter-punches.

Cook was clearly fading with his fans silenced by the ninth round when the champion was ripping speedy shots through his defences.

The titleholder, ended all the arguments, landing an explosive right hand that floored Cook 43 seconds into round 10, and the exhausted Welsh fighter did not have the strength to beat the count.

TKO Gym-trained Theophane has plans to make the Lonsdale his own – and that should mean a clash with Frankie Gavin, whose promoter Frank Warren has already issued challenges in the British champion’s direction.

However, it was a losing night for another TKO Gym fighter, Pat McAleese, who was outgunned by Ryan Toms in their Southern Area light-middleweight title clash.

Toms, proved too strong for McAleese, who was under pressure from the start and slumped to the floor in the third after taking a fierce body shot.

Toms piled on the punches in the fourth and then droppped McAleese for a second time, and convinced referee Ken Curtis to call a halt with around 15 seconds left.

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