Boxing

Bascome open to Martínez rematch

  • Proud as punch: Nikki Bascome celebrates with his IBA  International Welterweight Championship belt

 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Nikki Bascome says he is open to an immediate rematch with David Martínez having defeated the Mexican by a unanimous decision at the Fairmont Southampton hotel last month.

Bascome won the IBA International Welterweight Championship in his first bout for 12 months, with the judges scoring the eight-round contest 79-73, 77-75, 78-74 in favour of the local man.

The Bermudian could now make the first defence of his title against Martínez on the island early next year rather than drop down to the super-lightweight division where he feels his slighter frame is better suited.

“I’m open to a rematch,” Bascome said, “but my team has the final say.”

Nathan Dill, the Bermuda Boxing Federation president, said “a rematch is in order” before adding that nothing had yet been confirmed.

Martínez’s team have criticised the one-sided scorecards and are hoping their fighter will be given an opportunity to avenge his defeat.

“I’m not pleased with the decision the judges gave because we don’t feel they reflect what happened inside of the ring,” said Manuel Garrido, Martínez’s promoter and trainer at the Miura Boxing Gym in Mexico City.

“We would be interested in a rematch if some conditions are met.”

Martínez was the second fighter from the Miura Boxing Gym to have lost to Bascome, who defeated Mexican David Rangel by a unanimous decision at North Field, National Sports Centre, in May 2017.

Bascome prepared for Martínez by training under world-renowned coach Jeff Mayweather for several months at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.

Mayweather, the uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr, travelled to Bermuda as part of Bascome’s team for his bout against Martínez.