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21 NOVEMBER 2018

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Theophane Goes Through The Motions Against Smith In Windham

By Stephen Tobey: Ashley Theophane was planning on fighting on May 11, but when the opportunity to fight on that date fell through, he found himself at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham, New Hampshire on Saturday (April 28).


Theophane, who challenged Adrien Broner for the World Boxing Association super welterweight title two years ago, won an eight-round unanimous decision against Larry Smith in a junior middleweight contest.


The scores were 80-72 (twice) and 79-74 for Theophane, a native of London but now resides in Las Vegas. He improved to 42-8-1 (12 knockouts). Smith, of Dallas, dropped to 10-36-1 (7).


“I had just come out of camp and I was looking for a keep-busy fight,” Theophane said. “I wanted to stop him, but I went the eight rounds and I felt great. He’s fought some big names and he’s tough.”


There were no knockdowns. Theophane attacked Smith’s body for most of the fight and put punches together landing three right hands at the end of the second and three jabs followed by a right to the body in the fourth.


Smith, who has fought Gary O’Sullivan, Jermell Charlo and Mark DeLuca fought competitively and landed some right hands, but Theophane was the busier fighter.


“I’m going back to Las Vegas,” Theophane said. “I’m looking to fight a name.”


In a scheduled 10-round heavyweight bout, Jason Bergman of Pittsburgh stopped Rubin Williams of Detroit in the first round of a scheduled 10.


Bergman (27-15-2, 17 KOs) snapped a three-fight losing streak, dropping Williams three times in the first round. Referee Mike Ryan stopped the fight at 2:53. Williams dropped to 29-32-1 (16).


In a four-round welterweight bout, Tommy O’Connell of North Andover, Mass. and Bruce Boyington of Brewer, Maine fought to a four-round draw. Ryan scored the fight 39-37 for O’Connell. Mike Nolin scored it 39-37 for Boyington. Martha Tremblay scored it 38-38. Both fighters are 1-0-1. Boyington also has a no-contest on his record.


Light heavyweight Eric Abraham of Schenectady, N.Y. won a four-round unanimous decision against Julio Perez Campusano of Boston. Abraham (3-2) knocked down Campusano in the first and fourth rounds. He also hit Campusano with a right hand while he was on the canvas in the first, drawing a warning from Ryan but no point deduction. Campusano (1-1, 1 KO) knocked Abraham down in the third with a left hook.


Tolan Tascoe of Newark, N.J. overcame a knockdown in the first round to win a four-round unanimous decision against Paolo DeSouza od Cianorte, Brazil at middleweight. Nolan and Tremblay scored it 38-37. Ryan scored it 39-37. Tascoe improved to 4-7-1. DeSouza dropped to 0-12. The fight was a rematch of a 2015 bout, which Tascoe also won by unanimous decision.


Heavyweight Brendan Barrett of Little Egg Harbor, N.J. won a six-round unanimous decision over Tracey Johnson of Boston. Nolin and Leo Gerstel scored it 60-54. Tremblay scored it 59-55. Barrett improved to 7-0-2 (5). Johnson dropped to 4-7-5.


Luis Santiago of Springfield, Mass. picked up his first win, stopping Theo Desjardin of Providence, R.I. in the first of a scheduled four at lightweight. Santiago (1-0-1, 1 KO) dropped Desjardin (0-9) twice in the first round before Gerstel stopped the fight at 2:38.


Jarel Pemberton, the son of former super middleweight contender Scott Pemberton, picked up his first knockout victory, winning in the first round of a scheduled four at super middleweight against Borngod Washington of New York. Pemterton landed to overhand rights to the head, sending Washington to the canvas. Ryan counted him out at 48 seconds. Pemberton’s record is 3-0 (1). Washington is 3-21 (1).

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