Chantelle Cameron’s confidence level is sky high ahead of her anticipated rematch versus Katie Taylor.
That doesn’t mean she expects anything other than the challenge of her life against an elite superstar in search of in-ring vengeance.
“I’m not complacent whatsoever,” Cameron said during the final pre-fight press conference Thursday at Dublin Royal Convention Centre. “I’ve put the hard work in. It’s the best camp I’ve ever had because I know I’m going up against a Katie seeking revenge.
“I couldn’t take into stride that it’s going to be a walk in the park. It definitely isn’t. I know this is the fittest I’ve ever been.”
Cameron’s undisputed junior welterweight championship is once again at stake versus Bray, Ireland’s Taylor (22-1, 6KOs) this weekend at 3Arena in Dublin.
The venue hosted their first fight six months ago, which saw Cameron (18-0, 8KOs) storm into hostile territory and spoil Taylor’s long overdue homecoming. The 32-year-old Brit from Northampton outboxed the reigning undisputed lightweight queen over ten rounds to claim a majority decision win.
It was the first loss endured by Taylor since the 2016 Rio Olympics, when she was eliminated just ahead of the medal round four years after she claimed Olympic gold.
Cameron soared both in popularity and among the mythical pound-for-pound rankings with her second consecutive win over a reigning undisputed champion. She previously turned away the challenge of Jessica McCaskill, the fully unified welterweight queen whom Cameron defeated over ten rounds to defend her WBC and IBF title and nab the vacant WBA and WBO belts last November 5 in Abu Dhabi.
A win on Saturday will leave Cameron as the slam dunk choice for 2023 Fighter of the Year on the women’s side. She has hovered around the -200 mark among most sportsbooks, specifically -188 according to bet365 who lists Taylor as a +150 underdog. The figures were reversed the first time around, with Cameron pulling off the upset.
Taylor admitted after the fight and in the buildup to the rematch that she felt ‘flat’ and that she wasn’t herself.
Cameron also insists that she entered their first meeting at less than one hundred percent.
“I’ve had great preparation. The fittest I’ve ever been, the strongest I’ve ever been,” insisted Cameron. “I don’t have a torn [triceps] this time so I’m good to go.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. X (formerly Twitter): @JakeNDaBox