Chantelle Cameron is appreciative of everything that Katie Taylor has done for the sport as well as the opportunity to face the Irish legend in her long overdue homecoming.
That said, she also plans to make her unbeaten counterpart pay for calling her number.
“I’m not going there just to take part. I’m going there to ruin the homecoming,” Cameron said of her recently confirmed showdown with Taylor. “For me, it’s doing my own thing. I’m focused on me and defending my belts. It will be a great atmosphere. I am glad to be part of history.”
England’s Cameron (17-0, 8KOs) will defend her undisputed junior welterweight championship versus Taylor, who moves up in weight for their May 20 DAZN headliner from 3Arena in Dublin. The bout is the first home country appearance for Bray’s Taylor (22-0, 6KOs), the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist and fully unified lightweight champion who aims to join Claressa Shields among the only women ever to claim undisputed status in two weight divisions.
The occasion was originally tabbed for Taylor to face Amanda Serrano (44-2-1, 30KOs) in a rematch to their 2022 Fight of the Year-honored instant classic last April 30 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Brooklyn’s Serrano did her part to add to the intrigue by fully unifying the featherweight division following a February 4 win over Erika Cruz at MSG’s Hulu Theater. Taylor-Serrano II was announced immediately after the bout, with both fighters in the ring to begin promotion for the event.
However, Taylor was left without an opponent once Serrano was forced to withdraw upon strict medical orders to rest for a minimum of six weeks to allow a preexisting injury to fully heal.
Taylor then set her sights on Cameron, who many will argue is a more dangerous test than Serrano. At minimum, the 31-year-old from Northampton, England is the physically bigger fighter and also among the best pound-for-pound boxers in the word. The bout will mark her second straight versus an undisputed champion. Cameron is coming off a well-earned decision win over welterweight queen Jessica McCaskill who dropped down in weight for their lineal/WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO junior welterweight championship last November 5 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Cameron could not say ‘yes’ fast enough once Taylor uncharacteristically took to Instagram to call for the fight to salvage her springtime date in Dublin.
“She’s a fighter. She wants to give back to her country,” noted Cameron. “She deserves this homecoming. That’s why I did it straightaway. What she’s done for female boxing—I wouldn’t be standing here and have achieved what I’ve achieved if it weren’t for Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields. I’m not just there to be there and to be a number. I’m there to win and defend my titles.”
Cameron first entered the title fray following an October 2020 win over undefeated Adriana dos Santos Araujo to claim the WBC 140-pound strap. Four defenses have followed, including a ten-round victory over Mary McGee in their October 2021 WBC/IBF unification bout and then the win over McCaskill to fully unify the division.
The expectation on the unbeaten Brit’s side is to extend her current reign through May 20.
“I’m going there to dominate,” vowed Cameron. “I’m going there to show I’m the bigger girl. I’ve got the strength, I’ve got the power. I can box. We got a great gameplan and I’m just going to stick to that. I’m coming to deliver. It’s a huge fight. It’s the best versus the best. We’re both coming to win but I’m keeping my belts.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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