News December 2017

Theophane returns with much-needed win


By Michael J Jones

BRITISH ROAD warrior Ashley Theophane returned with a stoppage victory last night in Germany. Now 37 and competing in his 50th pro bout, Theophane had little trouble with Gori’s Paata Varduashvili and stopped his 36 year old opponent after seven mostly one-sided rounds.

Theophane, promoted by Mayweather Promotions and based in Las Vegas, takes his record to 41-8-1 (12) and needed this victory after dropping two of his last three contests. Varduashvili drops to 32-15-2 (25) with the defeat and has now been stopped in seven of his last thirteen contests.

The match took place in Hangelsberg and was for the vacant German International light middleweight title which is a tad confusing considering one man was British and based in the US while the other hails from Georgia.

The title may have meant little but “Treasure” was in good shape and all business. He took an early control he would never relinquish. The former British champion isn’t a noted puncher but hits harder than his record suggests and has mixed in far higher company than his opponent for last night.

Theophane dominated behind a sharp jab and as the fight progressed slotted in the power punches to jolt his foe repeatedly. It thus came as no surprise when the flagging Varduashvili wasn’t permitted to come out for the eighth round. The judges between them gave Paata just one session in the seven completed rounds.

Varduashvili’s last three victories have come against opponents with a combined record of just 4-39 but he gave it a go while it lasted.

The victor had suffered a defeat last year to boxing hellraiser Adrien Broner for the WBA junior welterweight title and also slipped to a decision defeat in August to Mexican-based Shoki Sakai.

While Broner had been largely expected to snap Theophane’s six-fight unbeaten run last April, Sakai caused an upset by out-working Theophane over eight hectic rounds in Las Vegas to lift a unanimous decision.

It will be interesting to see where Theophane goes from here. Many UK fighters have been calling him out but the battle-hardened warrior has made a career in taking the toughest fights out there which means he could be back in the US to take on a contender or champion in the New Year.

Theophane has now been a pro for fourteen years and only Broner has managed to stop him.

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