Chantelle Cameron Makes Her Point
Chantelle Cameron has had difficult times in her boxing career. A tough start that could have seen her leave the sport, a change in scenery is now reaping it’s rewards.
Cameron has held world titles of varying degrees of acceptance and importance, but always had the look of a fighter underappreciated and avoided. Cameron always wanted her dream fight with Katie Taylor, on the evidence of what we saw at the O2 Arena in London, there might be a reason why she never got it. It now may never come.
Cameron is now a unified world super-lightweight champion, the IBF version is now added to her collection as well as becoming the first ever female to lay claim to the Ring Magazine belt at their fighting weight. The WBC title was also safely held in a terrific fight with the super tough American Mary McGee.
The American lost her IBF title heavily on the cards, but more than played her part in a great advert for their sport.
McGee took heavy shots all night long, and as early as the 4 minute mark, I thought Cameron would force the stoppage. But McGee never stopped trying to rescue her night, a good fighter who was unfortunate to face an exceptional one.
Cameron has been lost in the shadows somewhat, but tonight she showed just what a quality fighter she is.
It was in many ways, her coming out party. Cameron didn’t let her headlining opportunity pass. Make no mistake, Cameron proved her point tonight. There are many fighters who claim to be the best female planet on the planet, Cameron is more than worthy of being in that conversation.
The judges scorecards were deservedly wide, 100-90, 99-92 and 99-91. From ringside this observer had Cameron winning every single round.
In November, Kali Reis and Jessica Camara will unify the remaining belts and the winner will face Cameron early next year. Whoever wins their particular showdown will now know the size of the task ahead.
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