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Miller suffers loss ahead of Bascome bout

Ready for battle: Bascome faces Miller, of the United States, at Berkeley Institute next weekend

Donny Miller arrives in Bermuda next week on the back of an unsurprising defeat against prospect Dan Karpency in a super welterweight boxing bout in West Virginia.

Miller, who faces Nikki Bascome next weekend, suffered the 22nd loss of his 16-year career against Karpency at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown last Friday.

The 39-year-old was stopped in the fourth round of a spirited affair by Karpency, the brother of Tommy Karpency — a three-times world title challenger for the WBO, IBO and WBC light heavyweight division.

Despite his losing record, Miller should provide Bascome with his first serious test when the Bermudian makes his long-awaited return to the ring in a six-round contest at Berkeley Institute next Saturday.

Bascome, 26, has hitherto only faced unexperienced opponents with wins against Jorge Quintero, debutant Claudele Duprier, as well as a pair of victories against Muay Thai fighters Joe Marchand Tipping and Erick Reyes.

He had been scheduled to face Guatemalan Juan Aguirre at Berkeley Institute this summer, but the four-round bout was cancelled because of unforeseen circumstances.

In his previous bout 12 months ago, Bascome demolished Mexican Reyes in a total mismatch at the Fairmont Southampton and will be hoping to get some much-needed rounds under his belt against journeyman Miller.

Bascome, whose “Fresh & Hungry” brand will promote the event, has stepped up his preparations for Miller at an intensive training camp at Pichi’s Boxing Pit in Orlando under the supervision of his coach Allen “Forty” Rego.

Billed as “The Takeover”, the event features several amateur bouts, with Andre Lambe, Bascome’s stablemate, facing a second straight opponent from Baltimore Boxing Club, having beaten Dorian Bostic on points at Fight Night on the Beach at Snorkel Park in September.

The card also marks the return of Shannon Ford, of the Bermuda Sanshou Association, after a two-year hiatus because of injury, while undefeated Tyler Christopher, of Controversy Gym, will look to extend his five-bout winning streak against an overseas opponent.

Robert Somner, of Controversy, will seek revenge against Zain Philpott, of BSA, after suffering a controversial defeat at Snorkel Park. The contest was stopped early in the final round after an accidental elbow from Somner cut Philpott below his left eye.

Somner, who withdrew from a bout with Philpott at the National Championships at CedarBridge Academy in March because of illness, believed he was the victim of a poor decision and exchanged angry words with Philpott’s corner after the bout.

In kick boxing, Samir Furqan and Krista Dyer, both of BSA, will face overseas opponents, while Team Oracle USA are expected to include some fighters after Jeff Causey, their rigger and wing-project manager, debuted at Snorkel Park.