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Broner pays respect to great Briton Ashley Theopane

HIGHLY RATED: Ashley Theopane fights for a world title in April

ADRIEN BRONER has paid his next opponent Ashley Theophane the ultimate respect by hailing him as one of the best fighters in the light-welterweight division.

Broner, 26, takes on Theophane on April 1 in Washington DC and ahead of the fight the four division world champion said he couldn’t wait to get it on with the British fighter. “Ashley Theophane is a world class fighter and this is going to be a tough fight for me,” he said.

“I’m very excited to fight in Washington DC. My following is huge in DC, it’s my second home and I think we are going to give the fans what they are looking for. I want to fight the best in the 140-pound weight division and Ashley Theophane is one of the best.”

The WBA champion’s stance was in stark contrast to earlier comments he made during the negotiations for the fight when he said to Theophane’s promotion team Mayweather Promotions: “You put Ashley on one of your private jets. Bring him to come see me and I bet I bring the girl out of that boy like Bruce Jenner.”

JUST CHAMPION: WBA light-welterweight champion Adrien Broner

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