Theophane retains title
Ashley Theophane made a successful first defence of his British light-welterweight title against Jason Cook.
Last Updated: 23/07/11 10:44pm
Ashley Theophane made a successful first defence of his British light-welterweight title against Jason Cook at Wembley Arena on Saturday.
The Londoner overcame a difficult start to stop his veteran Welsh opponent in the 10th round, with Cook's career record therefore slipping to 28-4-1.
However, it was Cook who took the initiative in the opening rounds, while Theophane struggled to find his range.
It looked at that stage as though Cook's trainer Jimmy Tibbs, who masterminded Kevin Mitchell's impressive lightweight triumph over John Murray last weekend, might have another success on his hands.
That feeling grew as Theophane grew more frustrated and the champion was docked points for persistent low blows in round five.
The 36-year-old Cook ended that session in the ascendancy, but round seven proved to be a turning point.
Theophane landed two huge overhand rights to Cook's head, one of which opened a nasty cut above his left eye.
The champion then proceeded to punish his blood-stained opponent with an array of head shots.
Cook initially regrouped but another overhand right landed him in trouble by his own corner - Theophane's combinations really firing by the end of the round eight.
By now, Cook appeared to be running on empty as Theophane landed the jab at will and when a stinging right cross fired off his left lead, the challenger found himself staggering by the ropes in the ninth.
When Cook crumpled to the canvas in the next round, Theophane's task was complete.