It's Kash back - at last
PUBLISHED: 15:25 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:49 24 August 2010
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By Ziad Chaudry IT S back to basics for Akaash Kash The Bash Bhatia as he attempts to reignite his career in 2010. The 26-year-old featherweight from Wembley has not fought since conceding his 14-fight unbeaten record to Jamie Arthur in a relatively clo
By Ziad Chaudry
IT'S back to basics for Akaash 'Kash The Bash' Bhatia as he attempts to reignite his career in 2010.
The 26-year-old featherweight from Wembley has not fought since conceding his 14-fight unbeaten record to Jamie Arthur in a relatively close 10-round British title eliminator back in June at York Hall.
But Bhatia has resumed training - now under the guidance of legendary east Londoner Jimmy Tibbs - and will return to the ring at Brentwood Leisure Centre on Friday January 22.
He admitted the Arthur defeat took its toll, saying: "It was really hard to get over, especially when it was my first pro defeat. Losing by a point doesn't necessarily mean I am a bad fighter but things happen for a reason.
"Jamie Arthur is a good fighter and I wish him all the best in the future, but I definitely want a rematch with him if he wins the British title because I was so ill-prepared for that fight.
"I didn't prepare properly for a 10-round contest and I blame myself for doing this."
But since that defeat and a subsequent lengthy time-out, Bhatia has ended his partnership with trainer Tunde Ajayi and hooked up with 64-year-old Tibbs at the famous Peacock Gym in Canning Town.
Tibbs has previously worked with a wealth of British former world champions including Nigel Benn, Charlie Magri, Chris Pyatt, Lloyd Honeyghan, Frank Bruno, Barry McGuigan and Alex Arthur.
Now, under the guidance of his new trainer, Bhatia plans to return to winning ways on the Frank Maloney show later this month and pave the way for a shot at the British title.
"I'm training really hard with Jimmy Tibbs," added Bhatia. "He has really put me on a different level.
"There are a lot of people in his gym, lots of competition in there and very good sparring.
"It's totally different from what I was doing before so I will see how it goes. I feel I still have the lust to win big titles and with the hard work it will come.
"If things go to plan, my promoter has promised me a British title shot between the winner of Martin Lindsay and Jamie Arthur after my next two fights."
Unbeaten Hammersmith super-middleweight George Groves will also be appearing on the Brentwood bill and tickets are available by calling Maloney Promotions on 0871 226 1508.
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