Ashley Theophane, fine tuning for The Moment
The countdown has now really begun. This is our last week of intensive gym work before May 2nd.
My opponent has 15 wins, with 13 of them by way of knock out. He has fought Carlos Molina who fights Adrien Broner on the same show as me. He has also fought WBA world lightweight champion, Richard Abril.
This will be my 42nd fight and every fight I have now is of the utmost importance. Any slip up will be detrimental to my mission. The close loss to Cano last September, cost me the fight I crave the most – the crack at the world championship.
I now want the big fights! The likes of former world champion, Julio Diaz, who fights Keith Thurman, former undisputed world welterweight champion, Zab Judah, Lamont Peterson, who recently defended his IBF world championship title against Dierry Jean, Humberto Soto, who is world number three, former world champion, Kendall Holt, and Amir Khan, who is fighting on the same show as me – these are all fighters that I’d fight at the drop of a hat.
To be the best you have to fight the best. They are some of the best of my era. I’m proud of the fact that I’ve trained so hard that some of my idols as an amateur, are now my rivals as a professional.
Less than two weeks until show time.
It’s always a pleasure training alongside Floyd. Every move and every feint has greatness written all over it. An incredible fighter who’s name will go down with the very best, and he will be remembered as the legendary fighter of this generation.
I always try and advise the younger fighters in Mayweather Promotions. I worked ten hard years without a promoter, going it on my own, fighting all over the world. Saint Lucia, Luxembourg, England and America are some of the places I was successful travelling to and doing battle. I had to earn respect the hard way, always trying to make a living. Losing very close fights that many feel and believe I won.
Now I’m being promoted by such a great fighter, that it raises the level of expectation. This is an opportunity that many fighters would do anything to have.
You just have to give your all. That’s what Floyd wants and that’s something I’ve always done. It’s the only way I know. I’m not great. I’m not legendary, but I’m trying to be the greatest I can be. Be a legend to those kids who also have dreams and maybe also wanted to quit many times before but for some reason refused to. That’s me.
Against all odds I believe in myself, and after ten years of being alone in this boxing world, Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe decided to help me be the fighter I want to be, and maybe achieve those crazy dreams I once had as a kid.
This week The Money Team had an appreciation dinner party for Floyd, just to say thank you and let him know he is appreciated.
I’ve known Floyd for two years now, and he has shown me love from the very first time we met. He asked me about my career and what I had achieved. He told me he’d help me get the fights I want, and he’s delivered. Even before I was signed to him, he saw me walking the mile back to my apartment. He stopped his Lamborghini and asked me where I was going and dropped me home.
For my first fight with him, he let me open up his PPV telecast for the highest grossing fight ever in the history of boxing, and paid me the most I’d ever been paid in my career. He told me if there’s anything I need just ask him. I’ve got nothing but love and respect for Floyd as he’s been good to me from the start.
I’m just one of many that he has helped. He truly is rich at heart.
Floyd has made me The Money Team’s UK representative and it’s a role I hold with great honour.
Achieving your goals is always a matter of time, and Floyd and Leonard have now made this for me a matter of opportunity, and I’m eternally grateful.