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Bascome promises to break down Lagumbay

Show of support: Bermuda boxer Nikki Bascome met with his fans outside City Hall in Hamilton yesterday as he prepares for his eight-round bout against Filipino Alvin Lagumbay at the Victualling Yard in Royal Naval Dockyard tomorrow night(Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Nikki Bascome has vowed to “dismantle” his Filipino opponent Alvin Lagumbay when the pair meet at the Victualling Yard in the Royal Naval Dockyard tomorrow night.

Bascome will be fighting at super lightweight for the first time and believes he will be the stronger man against Lagumbay, who has won ten and drawn one of his 15 professional bouts.

The Bermudian, who has fought his entire career at welterweight, said he is confident of building on his unanimous decision win over Mexican David Martínez at the Fairmont Southampton last November.

“It’s going to be an entertaining night and I’m reaching for greatness,” Bascome said. “I’m going to do it for the Bermudian people.

“It’s been pretty easy [cutting weight]. I just had to tighten up on my diet and got the weight off quick.

“I’m ready for the weigh-in and I’m hoping I’ll be the stronger fighter.”

Bascome, 28, conducted his entire eight-week training camp at Forty Rego’s Gym in Warwick; a contrasting approach to the build-up to the Martínez fight, where he spent six months in Las Vegas under the watchful eye of Jeff Mayweather.

“It’s always a challenge training in Bermuda because of the distractions,” Bascome added. “However, I’m very disciplined and I limit [those distractions].

“I’ve done a good few rounds with southpaws Andre [Lambe] and Tyler [Christopher]; they have helped prepare me a lot. I’m prepared all across the board.”

Lagumbay, 24, has already drummed up plenty of support from the island’s Filipino community, who are sure to descend on Dockyard in their droves.

Bascome insists he will not be fazed by Lagumbay’s passionate fanbase and has learnt from his mistakes when he lost to Fábio Costa, who enjoyed support from the Portuguese contingent, at the Fairmont Southampton in November 2017.

“Mentally, I’m prepared for that,” said Bascome, who suffered his only defeat to Costa.

“He’s aggressive, but I plan on dismantling him. I don’t try to focus on [the Filipino support] too much; I just want to try and win every round decisively and control the fight.

“I’ll take one round at a time, listen to my corner and do what I do best, which is box. I believe David Martínez was a better fighter than my opponent, although I’m not underestimating him. I expect to be at my very best.”