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Nikki Bascome wary of threat from Alvin Lagumbay in rematch

Nikki Bascome will renew his rivalry with Filipino opponent Alvin Lagumbay in a rematch at the Shed in Dockyard on May 27 (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Nikki Bascome is adamant he has his work cut out for him ahead of a rematch with Alvin Lagumbay.

The two fighters are set to square off in an intriguing eight-round welterweight contest that will headline the Epic Entertainment Fight Night Champion at The Shed in Dockyard on May 27.

Bascome was forced to go the distance before securing a unanimous points decision over southpaw Lagumbay in a super-lightweight contest in 2019 and anticipates the upcoming rematch will be equally as challenging.

“We fought before, so I know it’s not going to be an easy fight and I am going to prepare myself 110 per cent for this fight,” Bascome told The Royal Gazette.

“It’s a rematch and I am going to do what I have to do to get the victory.”

Bascome’s record stands at eleven wins and one loss while Lagumbay has thirteen wins, six losses and a draw.

The upcoming fight will be Bascome’s first foray back into the ring since securing a unanimous points decision over Canadian Cody Kelly in October of last year.

“I am happy to be able to get back in the ring,” the orthodox fighter added.

“I wanted to get in the ring in January, but it didn’t work out that way, so I am happy that I am getting back in now.

“Having been out for a while has given more motivation for sure.”

Bascome is one of two local professionals competing on the fight card as the unbeaten Andre Lambe will face Filipino Ronniel Tabayag in another eight-round welterweight contest.

“It’s been in talks for a little bit since the last fight, so I knew it was coming,” Lambe said.

“I have been getting myself ready and will try to put on a good performance for this fight,” Lambe said.

Lambe’s professional record stands at a perfect 7-0 while Tabayag has five wins, two losses and a draw.

Lambe secured a unanimous points decision over Mexican Crisanto Lucio to clinch the vacant American Boxing Organisation welterweight title in his previous outing in the ring in January.

The southpaw goes into the fight holding two belts having also claimed the American Boxing Federation welterweight belt last October.

Teiko Furbert, the chief executive of fight card promoters Epic Entertainment, is looking forward to another exciting event.

“I would like to thank the Bermuda and Filipino communities who requested it, so it’s our duty to deliver,” he said.

“Many people felt it was a controversial decision the last time Bascome met Lagumbay, so we elected to go and broker a deal for a rematch here which is highly anticipated.

“In terms of Andre Lambe, he will be tested by Tabayag, who has been making a name for himself back home in the Philippines.”

For more details on the upcoming event visit epicbda.com

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Published March 18, 2023 at 7:55 am (Updated March 18, 2023 at 7:55 am)

Nikki Bascome wary of threat from Alvin Lagumbay in rematch

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