Ashley Theophane retained his British light-welterweight title against Welshman Jason Cook via 10th round stoppage at Wembley Arena on Saturday.
The Londoner overcame a difficult opening few rounds to successfully defend his title for the first time. Cook falls to 28-4-1. It was supposed to be a routine first defence for Theophane but it was Cook who made the running in the early rounds, while Theophane struggled gain a grip on the fight.
Cook continued to find success as he frustrated the champion, who was deducted points in the fifth round for punching low. By the seventh round Theophane had found a way to turn the fight around and landed two huge overhand rights to Cook’s head, one of which opened a cut above Cook’s left eye.
Theophane continued to land some big right hands at the end of the eighth round which had Cook all over the ring and proved to be the beginning of the end for the 36 year-old. Theophane landed a stinging right cross on Cook’s chin and found himself wobbling all over the ring in the ninth round. The end came after 0.43 seconds of the 10th round when Cook dropped to the floor and the fight was called off.
July 23, 2011