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Kash isn't spent yet

PUBLISHED: 13:36 08 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 August 2010

By Ben Kosky AKAASH Bhatia s trainer is shouldering the blame for the Wembley featherweight s first professional defeat – but insists his man will bounce back. Bhatia was beaten by just one point in last week s clash with Jamie Arthur at York Hall, scuppe

By Ben Kosky

AKAASH Bhatia's trainer is shouldering the blame for the Wembley featherweight's first professional defeat - but insists his man will bounce back.

Bhatia was beaten by just one point in last week's clash with Jamie Arthur at York Hall, scuppering his immediate hopes of a showdown with British champion Martin Lindsay.

But Tunde Ajayi, who trains the 26-year-old fighter at the Peacock gym, Canning Town, has pledged to make the necessary changes and put 'Kash the Bash' back on track following his first loss in 15 pro outings.

"I take sole responsibility as a trainer because it's all glory when they're winning," Ajayi told the Times. "When they lose, we can't thrust all the blame on others.

"In hindsight, maybe I have to lessen a few things we've been doing and so does Kash. When he lost as an amateur we'd come back and readjust and be better.

"The first defeat is always your hardest - but Kash is far from finished. It's all about learning from your mistakes and this may be a blessing in disguise.

"Kash knows he was only 40 per cent in the ring, but he showed the main attribute you need as a fighter, which is heart. You can have all the skill in the world but, without heart, you'll be nothing.

"It was some fight and Kash lost to the better man - all credit to Jamie Arthur - but his attitude was 'I'm not going down, you'll have to kill me' and that's something we can build on."

Ajayi refuted reports that Bhatia had collapsed immediately after what was only his second 10-round clash - and vowed to send him straight back into the ring when the new season begins in September.

Before then, he plans to widen Bhatia's range of sparring options with training trips to the United States and Germany, adding: "He'll definitely be back for the beginning of next season and we're not looking to mess about.

"Kash had a few bumps and bruises and saw doctors as a precaution, but there was no collapse or anything like that. He was exhausted after a gruelling fight and his dad told him he ought to lie down.

"We all want to be Floyd Mayweather or Joe Calzaghe, but 99 per cent of boxers lose and there are so many examples of people who come back stronger.

"Jamie Moore lost to Scott Dixon, who trains at the Peacock, but now he's a European champion. Then there's Johnny Nelson, and even Manny Pacquaio got knocked out three times before he got to where he is now. The dream continues.


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