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Theophane on a potential Broner fight

Is the Broner-Theophane fight really going to happen? It unfortunately looks that way.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

I can't say I was excited when Adrien Broner called out Ashley Theophane for his next fight after he recently grabbed a 140lb title belt, and I'm sure many others were just as perplexed. But Broner explicitly stated after stopping Khabib Allakhverdiev that he wasn't going to fight for the fans anymore, he's just going to fight who he wants to fight - so, yeah, we'll see how far that takes him.

World Boxing News caught up with Theophane to see if this proposed fight really has any legs, and though he says he hasn't heard much at this time, he seems pretty optimistic that it'll happen.

"I've been in London for the last month so I haven't spoken to none of my team about the fight yet. Enjoying my time off and when it's fight time they'll tell me," Theophane told World Boxing News.

"Floyd wants the fight. Adrien said he wanted to fight me next and I told the media after my 39th victory on Floyd's undercard that I wanted AB next. So all parties involved want the fight and the rest I leave for Mayweather Promotions to deal with."

Theophane went on to say that he's yet to watch Broner's fight with Allakhverdiev, but heard that Broner put on his best performance in years, and while there are other great fighters at 140lbs, Broner has a name with appeal.

"Name-wise, Adrien Broner maybe the biggest in the 140lbs division. It's the fight I want and I believe 100% I will win and shock the boxing world.

"Terence Crawford is the best at 140lbs and Postol is very good, but Broner has the name. This division has been talent packed going back to the Floyd, Hatton, Cotto days and there's always new talent coming through."

Theophane finally says that he still thinks he has five more years left as a professional fighter since he doesn't believe he's seen any decline in his game, aging like a fine wine, so to speak. He says he's only lost three fights Stateside, and with two of them being split decisions against opponents who would either go on to become a world champion or had already been one (Danny Garcia and Pablo Cesar Cano), he's confident he can compete with anyone on the world stage.

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