Chantelle Cameron is relishing her progress. She speaks to Elliot Worsel
THE disappointment felt by Otto Wallin final week, when studying of opponent Dillian Whyte’s damage and the cancellation of their October 30 struggle, was days later countered by the joy felt by Chantelle Cameron, who realized that as a consequence she would now be headlining on the O2 Arena.
The announcement marked a whirlwind 24 hours for Cameron, the WBC feminine super-lightweight belt-holder, throughout which she went from assuming her struggle towards Mary McGee would additionally be cancelled to coming to phrases along with her newfound prominence on the cardboard.
“I really did think the show was going to be cancelled,” Cameron instructed Boxing News. “I assumed in the event that they couldn’t get a headliner there was no likelihood it will be going forward. I used to be really doing a media day after I came upon the information [of Whyte’s injury] and my head was gone a bit. I simply assumed I wouldn’t be combating.
“Then I woke up the next day to the news that the show would still be going ahead and I would be headlining. I’m just so grateful that they’ve given me the opportunity and the show hasn’t been cancelled. I’ve put so much work into this fight, and I’m sure Mary has as well, and to think that could have all gone to waste if the show had been postponed would have been so disappointing for us both. I’m pleased we’ve been given the chance to fight. It says a lot for the progress of women’s boxing, I think. It’s brilliant.”
The McGee struggle marks Cameron’s second of the 12 months and the second defence of her super-lightweight title. Last trip, in May, she made her American debut when stopping Puerto Rican Melissa Hernández inside 5 rounds in Paradise, Nevada.
“It was an early stoppage and I think the referee jumped in quite prematurely,” Cameron recalled. “I thought I performed well, though. I stuck to the instructions and it was a great experience. Boxing in America was great. We had a fantastic week.”
Fighting in America, and feeling just like the away fighter, represented a couple of ticked bins for Cameron on her journey in the direction of dominating her weight class. The subsequent field, as headliner in entrance of a presumably decent-sized O2 Arena crowd, will be ticked this coming Saturday. It’s a problem and event Cameron is relishing.
“This will be the biggest crowd I’ve boxed in front of but it doesn’t really faze me that much,” she stated. “I’ve received to concentrate on the job. I’ve boxed with no crowd; I’ve boxed in Vegas, on Melissa’s house floor; and I’ve boxed with no followers. It’s all expertise. Nothing actually fazes me.
“I’ve just got to win. That’s it. It wouldn’t matter whether I was first on the show or last on the show, it’s just me against Mary in the ring when the bell rings. The job remains the same. As much as it’s great to be headlining, I’m not really looking at it too much. It’s still a fight I’ve got to win.”
Key to settling Cameron on the evening and making certain she fulfills her undoubted potential when the primary bell sounds is Jamie Moore, the previous European light-middleweight champion who now has the reins to Cameron’s profession. Moore, who had by no means coached a feminine fighter earlier than Cameron got here alongside, has already made fairly the impression on the 30-year-old, each inside and out of doors the ring.
“Jamie has been massive,” Cameron stated. “He’s not just made me a better boxer, he’s given me confidence as well. He’s shaped me as a human being. He’s made me more confident, he’s made me better at speaking, and he has made me happy. I’m enjoying boxing again and that is paying off when you look at my performances. They’re just great people to be around [Moore and his team]. Their enthusiasm rubs off on you and they make you feel good about yourself.”
Momentum helps, too, in that respect and Cameron, at 14-0 (8), has a honest quantity of it proper now. She has developed a behavior of choosing up titles, some extra significant than others, and stands to acquire one other one ought to she conquer McGee, the present IBF belt-holder in her weight class, this weekend.
“It’s 100% my toughest test,” Cameron conceded. “She’s a champion, she’s received a lot of expertise, and she or he’s a actually good opponent. It’s going to be a large take a look at however it’s the sort of take a look at I’ve been searching for and asking for. I believe she’ll convey the very best out of me. I’ve received the techniques, and know what I’m making ready for, however I believe it’s a struggle made for me actually. I believe this can be the struggle the place I present individuals how good I actually am.
“We’re both going to trade and will both be looking for a stoppage. Because of that, I think it’s going to be a bit of a war. She’s strong, she’s tough, and she can take a shot. I expect her to be quite aggressive and try taking the fight to me. But I think she’s underestimating my power and I think, on the night, I will be better than her in every department. Whether she stands and wants a fight, or whether she goes on the back foot, I think I’ve got an answer for whatever she tries to do.”