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Kash sets his sights on title shot

PUBLISHED: 13:39 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010

Akaash Bhatia (Harrow, gold shorts) defeats John Vanemmenis (Bridgwater, red shorts) in a Featherweight contest at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex promoted by Frank Maloney / FTM Sports - 18/07/08 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - Tel: 0845 094 6026

Akaash Bhatia (Harrow, gold shorts) defeats John Vanemmenis (Bridgwater, red shorts) in a Featherweight contest at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex promoted by Frank Maloney / FTM Sports - 18/07/08 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - Tel: 0845 094 6026

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By Ziad Chaudry AKAASH Kash the Bash Bhatia wants to step up and fight for titles after extending his professional record to 12 straight wins on Friday. The 25-year-old Wembley featherweight stopped Bridgwater-based John Vanemmenis in the third round of

By Ziad Chaudry

AKAASH 'Kash the Bash' Bhatia wants to step up and fight for titles after extending his professional record to 12 straight wins on Friday.

The 25-year-old Wembley featherweight stopped Bridgwater-based John Vanemmenis in the third round of his latest bout at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham.

The Somerset man, who came into the contest just three pounds over the featherweight limit, slumped to a canvas after a powerful left hook to the body.

From the restart Bhatia - now ranked ninth in the UK - went in for the finish, but referee Jeff Hinds jumped in to stop the bout on 2.10.

Bhatia said: "I desperately want to step up and fight for a title soon. I'm 12 and 0 and I'm definitely ready to fight better opponents.

"It's all about getting the right fights at the right time, moving up slowly but surely."

Reflecting on the third knockout of his career, Bhatia added: "I would say it was the best, because I had six fights without a knockout and it was a nice feeling to knock someone out.

"I was very happy with my performance in terms of controlling myself and using the ring. I was relaxed so I didn't rush - I picked my punches and knew it was going to come.

"Vanemmenis was a bit tentative at first because he didn't really want to initiate any attack, so I had to break him down. I hit the guy so hard, he felt my power and he went.


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