ASHLEY THEOPHANE believes signing with Mayweather Promotions will help him become Britain's next world boxing champion.
The former British light-welterweight champion has been part of Floyd Mayweather's inner circle at his Las Vegas gym for almost two years.
But earlier this month he signed a deal for the world's top fighter to promote him and is still in dreamland.
Theophane (above, centre) boxes Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano on the undercard when Mayweather meets Saul Alvarez in their super fight in Las Vegas on September 14, which is live on BoxNation.
He said: "You don't have to be a world champion in your 20s.
"Like there's no age where if you're 32-years-old you can't win a world title.
"Ishe Smith has shown - he won his first world title when he was 34-years-old so it doesn't matter because everyone they gets there at different times in their careers so the age is not an issue.
"I'm 32-years-old. I haven't been in like many hard fights because I'm a smart boxer and I have a good defence.
"The age it doesn't play a role. I eat well, I don't smoke, I don't drink and you don't see me out in the clubs so the age is not an issue."
If Theophane defeats the tough Mexican, he could be lined up to meet the winner of Danny Garcia's WBA and WBC blockbuster light-welterweight title defence against Lucas Matthysse on the same bill.
Back in 2010, Garcia took a controversial split decision win over Theophane and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said: "We're going to go out and create these opportunities, and Ashley just has to go out and win.
"He'll put on a tremendous fight, and he's going to make a lot of noise, and he's going to be right there in the thick of things with the Danny Garcia's and Lucas Matthysse's."