Chantelle Cameron Retains Her World Titles
Chantelle Cameron would have entered the ring with much frustration last night.
Make no mistake, the last few months have been tough. Momentum and sponsors went as a fight she craved never materialised. A unified world super-lightweight champion was seemingly lost in the shadows, Cameron watched from the sidelines as her stablemates and others enjoyed the spotlight and the financial rewards. She had hopes of undisputed. She was left with nothing.
But Cameron finally got going again at the O2 Arena in London as she successfully defended her WBC and IBF world titles against the former two-weight world champion Victoria Bustos. There was little drama as Cameron cruised impressively to a unanimous points decision. All three judges had it 100-90, Cameron won every round and seemingly won with many more gears to glide through.
It was a victory of much comfort, and the lack of drama or suspense shouldn’t disguise just how good Cameron was. She now needs to be allowed to show just how good she is.
The planned undisputed fight with Kali Reis is still in the balance, at least in the short term, and Cameron shouldn’t be kept on the shelf while the wait goes on. If Reis needs time, she should be allowed it, but equally, Cameron needs a fight to satisfy her ambitions and undoubted talent.
A fight with Katie Taylor never gets mentioned by the people that matter. It should, but for me, Cameron wins. And I believe others who decide these things share that opinion also. It seems an obvious match, and certainly more attractive and meaningful than talked about crossover fights with MMA stars Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm. A rematch with Amanda Serrano makes sense for Taylor. A fight with Cyborg or Holm makes no sense. Money shouldn’t be everything. There is a reason why Taylor/Cameron has never happened and never will.
But Reis or not, there are still immediate options available for Cameron. Jessica McCaskill the undisputed world welterweight champion returns next month, and if McCaskill wins as expected, thoughts should immediately turn to matching Cameron with McCaskill. It might be a bit of a sleeper fight, but it has the potential to build their sport and both fighters further. It shouldn’t be lost or disregarded easily.
In many ways, Cameron deserves better. Hopefully, the win over Bustos serves as a reminder to the money men that there is a fighter on the roster who could give them what they seek elsewhere. The story of Chantelle Cameron shouldn’t be a case of what could have been.
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