As four weight world champion, Adrien Broner, won his latest world championship, when asked by Jim Gray who he wanted to fight next, he called my name – Ashley Theophane.
“To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.
To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard of life is to risk nothing.” – René Carayol
We are now well into the home straight of 2014. This year has been a consistent year of sacrifice, hard work and dedication. Which has seen me get my 35th and 36th professional wins in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather claimed his 47th win against Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
“Mayhem” was a massive event just like all Floyd Mayweather’s fights have become. It’s not just a fight but an event, and a global event at that.
Stars from the world of sports, film, music and fashion fly into Las Vegas just to watch Floyd fight.
Fight week started with fighter arrivals on Tuesday, Floyd had his final press conference on Wednesday. Thursday was the undercard press conference, with fan workouts and autograph signing, and a screening at Bleacher’s madhouse for the fans in the evening. Friday was the weigh in, where Rick Ross took the stage to entertain the 10,000 strong crowd before Floyd and Marcos Maidana took centre stage.
Floyd Mayweather was on very good form this week, sparring between 12 and 15 rounds in a day. He is looking much better than he did for the first fight with Marcos Maidana. He is hitting harder and the unique skills and speed maintain intact. This is a man who has been a professional for 18 years and a champion for 17 of those years.
12am – 6am workouts, really long sessions. Everyone watching Floyd gets tired and is in danger of falling asleep but this man is more than energetic. He works non-stop, pushing himself harder and harder, without limits. I do believe a knock out win is possible this time. Maidana can’t change much of his game plan but Floyd can, and will.
I turned professional back in the autumn of 2002, but I didn’t make my professional debut until the following summer of 2003. I had to wait 8 long months for the opportunity. The four big promoters in the UK at the time were not interested in taking a chance on me; Mick Hennessey, Frank Warren, Frank Maloney and Barry Hearn all passed on me.
Years later it would make me feel good when it was pointed out to me that I had surpassed all the British fighters in my weight category that they had signed.
Serendipity would strike again when they would all offer me a promotional deal after I had climbed the world ladder, getting ranked fourth in the world and becoming British champion.
August 1st marked the first anniversary of my signing with Mayweather Promotions – a special moment for me. The last year was not one that anyone could have predicted, but it was the opportunity I have been working towards for many years now.
I’m now back in Las Vegas, the city of sin, in the land of opportunity. It was great to be home, but it’s just as good to be back at the gym.
This is my fourth training camp as a Mayweather Promotions fighter.
The nine weeks I’ve just spent back home in London, informed me that the hard work and sacrifices I have had to make, leaving my friends and family back in the UK, in order to make the most of my ability in the fight capital of the world – is well appreciated.
A week has passed, but the joy of victory is still very much with me.
I notched up my 35th win at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – a world away from West London.
I battled the tough knock out artist Angino Perez. Perez had a 90% knock out ratio. He had been in with good fighters like world champion Richard Abril, and contender, Carlos Molina.
I dropped Perez in the second with a left hook, and the referee stopped the fight with 30 seconds to go in the fourth round. Perez was out on his feet whilst I pounded him with shots. It was a very entertaining fight.
Media day this week at the Mayweather Boxing Club was an event in itself.
The best of America’s boxing reporters were on hand to watch the team work out, and they were keen to get our thoughts on our respective fights and the main event.
They listened intently as I gave my responses – “I don’t ever worry about my opponent… Experience counts… I’ve been here before… I’m beyond ready… I’ve never been knocked out before… It’s going to be an action packed fight… I’m one win away from a world title fight… I’m focused… It’s all about getting the W… I’m good for another few years… I’m still young and hungry.”
Angino Perez is a knockout specialist, it’s what he does. 13 of his 15 wins have come by knockout – 8 of his last 9 wins have come by knockout by round 4. Of course he’s dangerous, but I’ve never looked for the easy option. He’s got a 90% knock out ratio when winning.