How to watch ‘The Savage’ vs ‘Treasure’
BBN have provided viewers with all the details needed to tune in and watch the eagerly awaited clash between West Midland's powerful Sam Eggington (28-7, 17KOs) North London's experienced Ashley Theophane (50-8-1, 17KOs).
The bout takes place on Friday, December 11, which is nine years and a single day since Theophane defended the British super-lightweight title for a second time to Ben Murphy in 2011.
It takes place behind closed doors at the Fly By Nite purpose-built TV production facility in Redditch, Worcestershire.
10 x three-minute championship rounds at super-welterweight.
There are no titles on the line in this fight.
The ring walks are expected from 10pm UK time, but that will depend on the undercard results.
Coverage for Eggington-Theophane will air on Channel 5 from 10pm to 12am.
You can watch online via the My5 website HERE
BBN will be providing LIVE round-by-round results on fight night HERE
The headliners are supported by a local area title fight, as once-beaten Kaisee Benjamin (10-1-1, 2KOs) defends his Midlands Area welterweight championship for the third time to challenger Ben Fields (10-8-2).
Both Brummies have the same number of wins on their records and are both reigning Midlands Area champions.
The 25-year-old defending champion from Birmingham won the vacant title two years ago in November 2011, with a seventh-round stoppage over Alex Fearon (9-2), who goes up against Albanian superstar Florian Marku (7-0, 5KOs) this same weekend on the Joshua-Pulev undercard.
Ben Fields won his Midlands Area super-lightweight belt against the same man, narrowly outpointing Fearon 96-94 in September this year on a Clifton Mitchell Sports show.
Despite his checkered record, 31-year-old Fields from Digbeth has lost just once in his last eight fights, which is a remarkable feat considering he has been operating on the road for his entire career. This will serve as just his fifth fight in his home county from 21 professional starts, and in 2019, he even won our Best British Journeyman of the Year Award.
Read all about his comeback from the brink of self-destruction here: From drug addiction and prison sentences to English title eliminators - The Ben Fields story
Everything you ever need to know about Eggington vs Theophane can be found HERE
Sam Eggington: “I’m still just 27 and I’ve accomplished so much in under 10 years as a pro, but the World title is the one thing that’s missing and I desperately want that more than anything else. Winning this fight is absolutely crucial to me and my future so there’s no ifs or buts, I have to win, full stop. I’m coming off the Cheeseman fight that I don’t believe I lost, I one hundred percent won that fight and the scoring was dreadful with everything hedging towards him. I’m now focused on Theophane, who’s a good name. He knows the game inside out and he’s experienced and well travelled, we’re both solid pros and know what’s on the line. He’ll want to win bad and so do I, I’m not planning on it going the 12 rounds, I’ll be getting him out of there inside that.”
Ashley Theophane: “Sam is very physically strong. He’s not afraid to go into enemy territory so that says a lot about his character. A weakness is that maybe he’s too brave for his own good. Fights with Josh Kelly and Conor Benn never materialised for me and I believe that Sam is probably tougher opposition than them. He’s young, experienced and a former British, Commonwealth and European champion. I’ve watched him once when he fought Malignaggi. That was an impressive win over a former world champion. He’s been stopped twice so it’s possible I can do that too. I believe it’s a great fight. Youth versus experience, it’s a 50/50 fight. At this stage in my career. I’ve done everything except win the world title. I’ve beaten world champions, fought at the MGM Grand. I’ve headlined in Las Vegas. I’ve fought and won in twelve countries on my two-year world tour to achieve my 50 wins. I’m content right now. I’ll take it one fight at a time. I’m training for the win. That is my aim to achieve my 51st win in my 60th professional fight.”
Raza Hamzah WBO European super-welterweight champion
"I think sam will beat Ashley comfortably. Theophane is way past his best and Eggington is still young, so I think it'll be a convincing points win for Sam, maybe even a late stoppage."
Read all the predictions HERE
Both these fighters are an inspiration to all aspiring boxers out there. You could argue that each one has exceeded above their talents.They have certainly achieved more than anyone, including themselves, could have expected.
Ashley 'Treasure' Theophane, 40-years-old, was fighting all the usual suspects at York Hall in London in the early part of his career between 2003-2006, until he started to fight over in Germany where he won all three of his fights there, even collecting his first title. He also took himself across the pond and defeated former world champion DeMarcus Corley in 2008. In his next Stateside fight, he took a 15-0 future two-weight world titlist Danny Garcia to a razor-thin splt decision. He also upset highly-rated three-time world title contender Delvin Rodriguez in 2010, before coming home to win the British super-lightweight title from Lenny Daws. His stock was now high in the UK and the US, and after signing with Floyd Mayweather, he got to headline at the MGM Grand in Vegas when he challenged unsuccessfully for the WBA World super-lightweight belt against future four-weight ruler Adrien Broner - round 11. That remains his one and only stoppage defeat in 60 fights.
Trained and managed by Jon Pegg, Sam Eggington has also carved out an incredible career for himsel in boxing after an unassuming amateur career. He has also defeated world champions, like Ashley, when he stopped Paulie Malignaggi in 2017, and has won eight titles so far - Midlands Area; WBC International; Commonwealth; British; WBC International; and European - all at welterweight. He's also gathered the IBO Continental and IBF International titles at super-welterweight.
28 professional victories and eight titles is an admirable achievement for a 27-year-old, who still has world title dreams welll and truly alive.
He said himsel that he knows Ashley boxes well and expects a cagey few opening rounds, which is when he plans to use his bigger frame and superior strength to bully Theophane, who will counter that game plan with his vaster experience and boxing knowledge.
Betting Odds Supplied by Star Sports
Tommy Welch: 16st 3lb 8oz (227.8lb)
Matt Gordon: 17st 10lb 10oz (248.10lb)
Michael Hennessy Jr: 11st 2lb 3oz (156.3lb)
Dale Arrowsmith: 11st 2lb 3oz (156.3lb)
Aaron McKenna: 11st 4lb 4oz (156.2lb)
Jordan Grannum: 11st 7lb 8oz (161.8lb)
Idris Virgo: 11st 9lb 1oz (163lb)
Kevin McCauley: 11st 7lb 12oz (161.12lb)
Stephen McKenna: 10st 7lb 12oz (147.12lb)
MJ Hall: 10st 7lb 9oz (147.9lb)
Kaisee Benjamin: 10st 6lb (146lb)
Ben Fields: 10st 6lb (146lb)
Sam Eggington: 10st 13lb 2oz (153.2lb)
Ashley Theophane: 10st 13lb 2oz (153.2lb)
Sam Eggington vs Ashley Theophane
10x3 Super-welterweight contest
Kaisee Benjamin vs Ben Fields
10x3 Midlands Area welterweight title
Stevie McKenna vs MJ Hall
6x3 Super-lightweight contest
Idris Virgo vs Kevin McCauley
4x3 Middleweight contest
Aaron McKenna vs Jordan Grannum
6x3 Super-welterweight contest
Michael Hennessy Jr vs Dale Arrowsmith
6x3 Super-welterweight contest
Tommy Welch vs Matt Gordon
4x3 Heavyweight contest