Broner halts Theophane in nine
Four-division world champion Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) stopped Britain's Ashley Theophane (39-7-1, 11 KOs) in the 9th round on Friday night at the D.C. Armory in Washington, DC.
The fight was scheduled to be Broner's first defence of the WBA light welterweight title, but he was stripped of the belt after weighing in 0.4 pounds over the 140-pound limit at Thursday's weigh-in.
Theophane, who weighed 140 pounds, was eligible to win the vacant belt but was never in the fight.
Broner dominated the action from the start as he teed off several hard shots and by the 4th round Theophane's right eye began to close.
As the fight progressed the American wore his opponent down and in the 9th, Broner nailed Theophane with an overhand right, a left to the body that appeared below the belt and another right that sent him staggering across the ring before referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight at 1:10 of the round.
After the fight, Broner challenged former friend Floyd Mayweather, who was promoting Theophane and sat at ringside, to come out of retirement and face him.
"Somebody that I look up to, someone that I admire took the chance to do an interview and talk bad about me," said Broner. "I'm a man, Floyd has got to see me. I will never let another man disrespect me. I don’t care if we fight or spar. We got to get it on."