Bascome wins gold at Schwarzenegger Classic

Bermuda has a new boxing star in the form of Nikki Bascome.

The 19-year-old welterweight will return to the Island tonight with a gold medal around his neck after winning his division at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

Last year Bascome won the silver on Sunday he went one better.

  • <B>Nikki Bascome </B>won the gold medal on Sunday at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

    Nikki Bascome won the gold medal on Sunday at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in Columbus, Ohio.


Bermuda has a new boxing star in the form of Nikki Bascome.

The 19-year-old welterweight will return to the Island tonight with a gold medal around his neck after winning his division at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

Last year Bascome won the silver on Sunday he went one better.

But he still has to appreciate what he has done.

"It has not hit me yet," said Bascome who left Bermuda to attend a training camp in Florida for a couple of weeks before travelling to the Schwarzenegger Classic.

Bascome fought a fighter from Chicago and then a home-town boxer from Ohio to win his gold medal.

"I beat him on points," said Bascome of his final fight. "Neither fighter stood toe to toe with me they were running."

Bascome said he had trained hard for the Classic with Allan (Forty) Rego and Quinn Mallory.

"I trained so hard for this but when I fought it went by so fast. I have been training with Mallory in the mornings he also trains me mentally as well. And then I train with Rego in the evening."

Bascome travelled to the training camp in Florida with Rego and then Mallory met the two in Ohio.

Looking to the future Bascome said: "My main thing is the Olympics (in 2012). I want to go but it is going to take a lot. I will have to travel a lot for training camps (and fights)."

But he grateful to his backers. "I have good sponsors in Bermuda people from the International Sports Shop, Cellular One, the Pro Shop, Arm Landscaping. They have been nice to me and I can't let them down."

After returning this evening on the flight from Miami, Bascome wants to relax for a bit but then it is back to training. "I am supposed to go to Florida later this month for a Golden Gloves (tournament)," he added.

Trainer Rego said last night: "I am proud of him. Nikki is coming along but he has a ways to go he is learning. In the short while he has (been fighting) he has come a ways. If he keeps on applying himself I think he will do well. It all depends on how much we can get out of him. I think we made the right decision to come here to Florida (for the training camp). I had him sparring with Christy Martin and she wants him to come back for the Golden Gloves."

Junior welterweight Christy Martin is from Orlando, Florida and was probably the best-known female boxer in the world in the late 1990's. Her contract with promoter Don King introduced millions of pay-per-view viewers to the sight of her knocking out (mostly over-matched) opponents on the undercards of promotions featuring Mike Tyson.

Rego said: "Nikki's first fight was tougher than the one for the gold."

And the trainer wants to get Bascome back to Florida. "It is nice training down here. You can concentrate there are no distractions it is just boxing and boxing."

Bermuda also had two martial artists at the Classic one who won the silver and another who won the gold.

Reyel Bowen and Jermal Woolridge are both Sanshou fighters.

Bascome said: "Reyel won the silver and Jermal won the gold by default. The other guy (in the final) had heard about him and wanted no part of him."

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