Ashley “Treasure” Theophane is a British boxing light welterweight champion. Having trained with some of the world’s greatest fighters in the toughest gyms from London to Brooklyn, Theophane has forged an enviable reputation for carving out his own path in the sport – managing himself in the nascent years of his professional career while fighting across the globe to build his impressive boxing repertoire.
Theophane’s amicable demeanor is a direct result of being raised in a large family; he has a brother, a sister and many cousins while his parents have 25 siblings between them. Born and raised in a tough area of London, a hotbed for negativity and violence, Theophane knew he was destined for something greater than what the local peers accepted as their fate. The negativity around Theophane propelled him to chase success by focusing on the positive around him. “Nothing is impossible. Set a goal and work towards making it happen,” he opines.
At age 22, with no money in his bank account, little support back in the UK, Theophane left for New York. He took to fighting in small halls across the world, training relentlessly, sparring with the very best, and learning the art of winning. His hard work and determination would pay dividends; earning him title fights internationally and worldwide. On February 19, 2011 at the world renowned Wembley Arena in London, Theophane won his first British Lightweight Welterweight title in front of thousands of hometown fans, by knocking down Lenny Daws twice in the ninth round, winning by UD. Theophane engineered a masterful first round KO of Chaurembo Palasa to obtain his second GBC Welterweight Title on December 28, 2012.
Theophane made his Mayweather Promotions debut on September 14, 2013, which ended in a tough loss by split decision to the talented Pablo Cesar Cano (26-3). At 33 years old, Theophane showed no signs of slowing down, and bounced back flawlessly TKO’ing Angino Perez on the Mayweather vs. Maidana undercard on May 13, 2014. His 6 fight win streak, came to a halt when he fought Adrien Broner on April 1, 2016 for the vacant WBA Super Lightweight title. Trained by Harry Keitt, talent and determination have brought Ashley Theophane this far and he now stands on the precipice of greatness – a giant step that he can and will take. Fully focused and hungry, be on the lookout for Theophane to bounce back as he heads into his next bout on December 2,, 2016 at Sam’s Town Live, in Las Vegas, NV.
For some – he remains a mysterious and softly spoken ‘outsider’ who has let his talent do the talking – for others, he exudes the very best traits that any mentor or role model could instill. Theophane’s journey that has molded him into a genuine world title contender and member of boxing’s upper class. His journey exemplifies the art, tactics, and reading of the sport as much as the requisite physical conditioning. Outside of the ring you can catch Theophane: traveling, or in a conversation discussing some of his interests like politics and current affairs, or working with kids in some way helping them discover their own potential.