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Bascome to face his biggest test yet

Back in action: Bascome will return to the ring for the first time since knocking out Reyes (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Nikki Bascome will face arguably his toughest challenge as a professional boxer when he steps between the ropes against seasoned campaigner Juan Aguirre.

Bascome, 25, is undefeated after four bouts and will take on Aguirre in a four-round welterweight match at the Berkeley Institute Gymnasium on Saturday, June 25.

Aguirre, a Guatemalan based in Jacksonville, Florida, is 12 years older than Bascome and with 24 bouts in the paid ranks represents the biggest test he has encountered.

His opponent’s record of seven wins, one draw and 16 defeats is still that of a journeyman who has made a career facing prospects such as Bascome, who will be expected to continue his winning streak in front of his home support.

Aguirre, an orthodox boxer, has never fought outside the United States and his knockout victory over fellow Florida resident Ali Tareh last month was his first in seven bouts.

Bascome’s previous opponents have been Colombian George Quintero and Claudele Duprier of the US, two inexperienced pugilists, and mixed martial artists Joe Marchand-Tipping of Ontario and Mexico’s Pilo Reyes.

It appears Bascome’s handlers now feel ready to provide a sterner test for their man who took just 2min 33sec to demolish Reyes at the Fairmont Southampton in November last year.

With a pair of technical-knockout wins in his previous two bouts, having stopped Duprier in the third round at the Bermuda College Gymnasium in July last year, Bascome will certainly be looking to put on another show against Aguirre.

Bascome’s preparations are well under way at his trainer Allan “Forty” Rego’s gym in Warwick with sparring against stablemates Andre Lambe and Omar Dill.

The Bermudian will continue his training at his “second home” at Pichi’s Boxing Pit in Orlando, where he will refine his technique and spar with the gym’s resident boxers later this month.

On the undercard of Bascome’s bout with Aguirre will be 20-year-old Lambe who won his first amateur bout against Canadian Shane Melo via a unanimous points decision at the Fairmont Southampton in November last year.

It was the southpaw’s first victory in four bouts.