Chantelle Cameron should swerve the Katie Taylor rematch and fight Terri Harper and Natasha Jonas in her next two fights instead, according to her coach Jamie Moore.
Cameron successfully defended her five light welterweight belts via a majority decision over Taylor at Dublin’s 3Arena on Saturday and much of the talk has been about an immediate return in September.
It has been reported that there is a rematch clause but Moore, the man behind Cameron’s career-best display in Ireland, would not choose to fight Taylor again if it was up to him.
Cameron is planning to box at least once more this year before going again in December or more likely the start of 2024. And, when asked what two fights he would choose for Cameron to have in those slots, Moore said Taylor would not be in his thinking.
He said: “For me, I’d like Chantelle to have the opportunity to become a world champion at two different weights. I think women move more freely between the weights than men.
“I love domestic fights so I’d love Terri Harper next and then Chantelle v Tasha Jonas for undisputed at 154lbs. I think that would be amazing for British boxing.
“Everyone is surprised Chantelle beat Katie but I’m not. I said it four and half years ago when she first came to me. I said she had the style to beat Katie.
“I’m a huge fan of Katie Taylor but at this stage of her career she never beats Chantelle so I don’t ideally want to go and do that. I’m not really thinking about Katie. I understand she will probably want the rematch to try and get revenge but I’m thinking of Chantelle.
“She’s probably only got a couple of years before she cracks on and enjoys life after boxing so the more she can achieve in that time the better.
“I don’t think there’s a bigger fight financially than the Taylor rematch but you have to get to the stage where you ask yourself: ‘what matters more?’ Is it a bit more money or creating memories and legacies that will last forever. Money doesn’t last forever.”
It has been suggested that Cameron could drop down to lightweight in order to rematch Taylor and also get the chance to become undisputed in a second division.
Moore, who would oversee that weight cut, added: “On the morning, Chantelle was a pound and a half under so she had a rehydration drink to bring her up so she came in just under the limit. So she wasn’t far off doing lightweight anyway.”
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