Rival boxer taunts Bascome
Nikki Bascome has been taunted on social media by a rival Canadian boxer in an attempt to entice the Bermudian into a fight.
Michael Brandon has posted two videos on Instagram of Bascome's bout against Portuguese Fábio Costa in November 2017, mocking the manner of the home-town favourite's knockout defeat.
Brandon, undefeated in eight contests, wrote: “This is your champion @epic.entertainment @boxingbda? As soon as @fresh_and_hungry steps up against an average fighter at best he's hearing birds.
“Better get @tyler_buxton [Brandon's promoter] on the phone for this work!”
In a second post showing Bascome being knocked out in the fourth round by Costa, Brandon added: ”Don't make me put out part 2 to this, please, you think I wanna do this? I just want that work. Please do something! @boxingbda.”
It is not the first time Brandon has made overtures to Bascome, who has had three straight wins since losing to Costa, including a unanimous points victory over England's Ryan Oliver at the Fairmont Southampton this month.
Brandon told The Royal Gazette in the build up to Bascome's fight against David Martínez for the vacant IBA international welterweight title in November 2018, that he would jump at the chance to travel to Bermuda to face the 29-year-old.
Brandon, 28, claimed a unanimous points win over Mexican Martínez at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, in May 2017.
“I'm sure Nikki will beat [Martínez],” Brandon said. “But he won't beat him the way I did; I don't remember being hit for six rounds. It was a total washout.
“I made some of the easiest money fighting him. But if Bascome gets past him and wants to jump in the ring with MB [Michael Brandon], I'd make easy money off him, too.”
Brandon has fought three times since defeating Martínez, with victories over Mexicans Rene Fernández López, Luis Enrique Montelongo and Ramon Tadeo Franco.
However, Brandon would have to either drop two weight classes from super welterweight to super lightweight or meet Bascome at a catchweight before a potential match-up could be made.
It is understood Bascome is hoping to return to the ring in March as he looks to improve his 9-1 record.