Another busy year for boxing’s Basi
14:38 29 December 2015
Globe-trotting official clocks up miles
The international awards continued to come for top boxing official Mik Basi in 2015, a year when his involvement in the sport saw him travelling a total distance approaching a quarter of a million miles.
The Fairbairn official started his refereeing career on the local scene around 20 years ago at every hall from Aldgate to Aveley.
But he has since somewhat stretched his horizons: in recent months his travels have taken him to Caracas in Venezuela; Miami, USA; St Petersburg, Russia; Marrakech, Morocco; Canberra, Australia and Astana in Kazakstahn.
“I have been globe-trotting around all six continents. Antartica does not count – there is no boxing there!” he smiles.
A highlight of the year came at the elite men’s World Championships in Doha in October where Basi was named the best boxing referee and judge for 2015.
That followed world awards in 2013 and 2014, while he was also named the top AIBA boxing official at the London Olympic Games in 2012.
It was at that event, held in his home borough of Newham, where Basi proudly took the Olympic oath on behalf of the officials at the opening ceremony.
More recently, eagle-eyed watchers spotted the 49-year-old Basi in his refereeing role on the undercard at the Dusseldorf Stadium in front of 30,000 spectators shortly before the Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury world heavyweight title contest in November.
That was followed by a trip to Rio De Janiero for the Olympic test event – a key part of the preparation for the 2016 Games.
“It was a successful tournament and I am hoping to get the selection to officiate at the Games,” said Basi, who returned home and three days later was refereeing in the Ukraine.
It is a far cry from his schoolboy days when Basi’s travelling schedule involved the bus ride from Forest Gate to Plaistow when he followed big brother Jumbo Basi to join the famous Fairbairn club.
Jumbo is also a top referee in amateur boxing and the brothers are still stalwarts of the club, now based in Connaught Road, Ilford alongside their role as directors of the family business Bas1 Embroidery and Printing in Rainham.
Mik already anticipates a hectic 2016 schedule, working non-stop on Olympic Games qualification events all over the globe, alongside his commitments to Fairbairn and local amateur boxing.
It’s a tough road to Rio, with many more miles to come on the Basi clock, but he can look forward with bright prospects and some impressive awards already in his trophy cabinet.