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‘London’s got my back!’ – British boxer Theophane gets incredible city tattoo

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British boxer Ashley Theophane stunned and amazed his fans as he unveiled a quite astonishing new tattoo.

The light welterweight tweeted a photo of his back which was almost entirely covered by the gigantic and detailed body art.

Theophane's tattoo featured a number of London's most famous and iconic landmarks and included the caption, "London's got my back!" which he tweeted alongside the image.

The amazing tattoo included a black cab, the London Eye, the Gherkin, Big Ben, Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral in almost mesmeric detail.

The former British champion, a regular reader of the Eurosport-Yahoo! website and mobile app, has told Eurosport in an exclusive interview what the tattoo means to him.

"I'm a proud Londoner and I'm into my tattoos so it is a perfect fit," he said.

"I travel all over the world and I've seen and worked in some beautiful cities but London is always home for me.

"Before this London piece I hadn't had a tattoo in years. Many of my tattoos are from when I was a teenager so I'm a different person now and I rather have art on my body that represents the person I am now."

He added: "I've fought in Las Vegas, New York, Saint Lucia, Luxembourg and Germany but I represent London, so why not get a tattoo with the famous landmarks of London?

"London is backing me and I love London."

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The Brit, who has a professional record of 34 wins from 41 fights, is now signed to Floyd Mayweather's promo outfit.

He has trained at Mayweather's gym in Las Vegas and the boxer, from Paddington, has clearly stayed very true to his roots in London.

His fight on the huge Mayweather-Canelo undercard ended in defeat to Pablo Cesar Cano when he lost on a split decision in September, but he bounced back by defeating Robnert Osiobe in December and the 33-year-old is currently in Las Vegas.

"I'm currently in training camp in New York City and I'm off to finish camp in Las Vegas at the Mayweather Boxing Club on March 1st," he said.

"Mayweather promotions will be announcing my next fight soon so I'm excited about that and can't wait to continue where I finished the year. Winning under the promotion banner of Mayweather promotions.

"I believe I'm going to be world champion. Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson are the targets."

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