Bascome reunites with Mayweather
Nikki Bascome has revived his partnership with esteemed trainer Jeff Mayweather as the Bermudian boxer prepares to face Englishman Ryan Oliver.
Bascome returned to the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas in mid-December and will have Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of Floyd, in his corner when he faces Oliver at Fairmont Southampton next weekend.
It is not the first time Bascome has enlisted the help of Mayweather, who has trained multiple world champions and was part of Bascome's coaching team when he fought for the IBA international welterweight title against Mexican David Martínez in November 2018.
Bascome, who has won nine of his ten professional fights, said he has been able to sharpen his tools at the fabled Mayweather gym by “getting different looks” in sparring.
“Every little bit helps and you can't get enough knowledge,” Bascome said of his decision to team up again with Mayweather. “You want to cover all of the bases and that's what I feel I'm doing.
“I've been able to get some quality sparring and it's good to be in an environment with other pros. That's why I came here, for the sparring; that's what it all boils down to.
“I've had different looks and I've not been allowed to settle on one particular style [of fighting], which has been helpful.
“There's no place like home, but I've spent a lot of time here and I'm very familiar with everybody. They all know me now.”
The 29-year-old, who returns to the island on Sunday, will meet Oliver at a catchweight of 144 pounds. Having previously campaigned exclusively at welterweight, Bascome dropped down to super lightweight to take on Filipino Alvin Lagumbay at the Victualling Yard in Dockyard last summer.
He said he was feeling strong at the weight and confident of building on his previous unanimous points wins over Martínez and Lagumbay when he meets Oliver, who has lost one of his eight fights.
“I watched an interview with Oliver today and he seems confident,” said Bascome, who will also have Anthony Stoneham in his corner as head coach.
“I know he is coming to fight, but I'm also feeling confident and I'm training to win.
“I'm not going to let everything out of the bag and I won't really know [what to expect] until I'm in the ring with him. I'm working on my game plan and sticking to that. I expect to win come January 18.
“I'm feeling cool, I can eat, and I'm pretty much at the weight already. I'm not killing myself and going to the extremes [to make 144 pounds].
“I'm still eating clean and training hard as if I was trying to make 140 pounds.”
Andre Lambe, Bascome's stablemate at Forty Rego's Gym, and Michael Parsons will both be making their debuts against Canadian opposition on the professional undercard next Saturday.
Lambe has been pitted against Mat Hinchey, a mixed martial arts fighter, who will be stepping into the squared circle for the first time, while Parsons, of Controversy Gym, will meet Daniel Roach.