Oliver warms up for Bascome
Ryan Oliver warmed up for his super lightweight bout against Nikki Bascome with a win on the undercard of Ultimate Boxer in Altrincham, England, last weekend.
Fighting for the first time in almost a year because of a broken hand, Oliver defeated journeyman William Warburton on points in a six-round contest at the Planet Ice Arena.
Oliver, who improved his professional record to eight wins from nine outings, faces Bascome in the main event at Fight Night Champion at the Fairmont Southampton on January 18.
Although Oliver has limited amateur experience, he has sparred with top domestic names such as Terry Flanagan, a former WBO lightweight champion, Tyrone Nurse, a former Commonwealth title challenger, and Anthony Fowler, a Commonwealth Games gold medal-winner.
Bascome, who has one defeat in ten contests, dropped down to super lightweight to face Filipino Alvin Lagumbay in Dockyard in July.
Joining Oliver in Bermuda will be fellow Englishman Warburton, who will take on local debutant Michael Parsons in a welterweight clash.
Warburton, who has 25 wins from 199 bouts, closed the year on 15 fights and just one stoppage defeat when he retired at the end of the sixth round in an eight-round match against English champion Ekow Essuman last summer.