ASHLEY THEOPHANE sat inside the MGM Grand’s media centre with a smile on his face. This is a man who has been chasing his dreams for a long time, and as of three years ago, the Londoner has been a member of Floyd Mayweather’s ‘Money Team’, training with the welterweight king at his Las Vegas gym, and fighting under his promotional banner. On Saturday afternoon – as early as 1pm – he fights on the undercard of Mayweather’s fight against Andre Berto knowing that a win could lead to a WBA title fight with Adrien Broner.
“It would mean everything to me,” he told Boxing News about the potential world title shot. “I turned professional in 2003 at York Hall. Many British boxing reporters, promoters, coaches never thought I would get to British champion level and I surpassed that. I was British champion, I was world number four, and I’ve fought some really good fighters. I’m already signed with Floyd Mayweather, and he’s backing me. It shows that you can achieve dreams against the odds.”
The light-welterweight takes on Steve Upshaw Chambers over 10 rounds and insists the early start will not be a problem.