Bascome set for return to the ring in March
Nikki Bascome is preparing to return to the ring against Jamaican Devon Moncriffe at the Fairmont Southampton on March 27 — a year after their original fight was postponed because of Covid-19.
Bascome, who has not fought since defeating England's Ryan Oliver in January, said he will travel to Las Vegas in January to sharpen his tools at the Mayweather Boxing Club under coach Jeff Mayweather.
The Bermudian has worked with Mayweather, the uncle of Floyd, the five-times world champion, for several of his bouts since the death of his longtime coach Allan “Forty” Rego in 2018.
Moncriffe has a record of 14 wins and one draw from 24 professional outings, and has fought outside of Jamaica four times, twice in the United States and twice in Canada.
“I'm pretty sure it will be against same guy [Moncriffe],” Bascome said. “I'm just playing it by ear. Whoever they put up, I'll be ready. I've still got the drive and passion for this.”
Although Bascome has had to put his career on hold because of the novel coronavirus, he said he has been able to “reset, recharge and rethink” during the enforced layoff.
Aside from enlisting the help of local artists to adorn the outside walls of the NB Boxing Club with inspirational murals, Bascome has spent the past few months coaching at the TN Tatem Middle School facility.
“Being away from competing has allowed me to do things I've always wanted to do,” Bascome said. “It hasn't been that frustrating. It's been a mental break for me and it's given my body time to heal. I've been doing this since I was 14. I've been able to spend time with my daughter and girlfriend.”
As a student of the “sweet science”, Bascome said he is enjoying sharing the knowledge gained from Rego and Mayweather with newcomers to the sport along with keep fitters.
“Coaching comes naturally,” said Bascome, who has classes at the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“I'm the type of guy when I'm training and see someone doing something wrong, I want to help them. After I fight, I've had a lot of people coming up to me wanting to learn how the box.”
Bascome, who is also available for one-on-one sessions, added: “Little things I have learnt from Rego, I mix in with things I've learnt from Jeff. It takes a lot of dedication when you're training somebody, especially if they want to compete, but I do see that as my future.”